Dongpo Kitchen pays homage to the Chinese scholar, painter, poet and food enthusiast Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo. A carefree, spirited individual with a plethora of talents, Dongpo is the reference point for the brand and for CallisonRTKL’s design. The interior of the restaurant is designed to draw parallels between Dongpo’s rich legacy and what his artist’s studio loft may have looked like. Four key elements—calligraphy, ink, paper and stone (used to grind out ink for writing)—were incorporated into a casual scheme with the brand colors of royal blue and champagne woven throughout. An assorted mix of furniture further contributes to a relaxed ambiance, and abstract Chinese paintings behind the bar as well as a fixture comprised of large paintbrushes dangling from the ceiling serve as unique references to Dongpo’s life and work. These design solutions successfully translate the Chinese Meizhou Dongpo brand into a new metropolitan market in United States.