Veggies & Outdoor Dining Replace Gas Station Eyesore
The new home of Plant Power Fast Food’s second establishment was previously a vacant gas station for many years, an eye-sore in the beautiful sea-side community of Encinitas. From the beginning, the client and architect wanted to transform the existing structures in a way that saved waste material while completely transforming the look and feel of the property. The existing 1,348 sf building is entirely taken up by the kitchen, so ordering is done through a small lobby and outdoor ordering kiosks, as well as a traditional drive-thru disguised behind bamboo. The dining area is outdoors on a new deck completely surrounding with organic veggie planters and vine trellises, all under the existing gas station canopy. The facades had to be updated for the new eco-friendly client with sustainable products, so salvaged redwood from barn structures were used to wrap the existing building front and canopy structure.