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Homeboy Diner
Los Angeles, CA


Julie Smith-Clementi
Mark Rios
Naseema Asif


Homeboy Diner, a take-out restaurant on the second floor of Los Angeles City Hall with seating in the adjacent historic rotunda, is operated by Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that provides job training for at-risk youth and individuals formerly involved with gangs.

Working in an unusually small space – only 400 square feet - Rios Clementi Hale Studios developed a clean, simple and efficient interior design layout with a black & stainless steel based materials palette. Punches of color are brought into the design by a custom designed wall covering featuring the Homeboy Industries logo patterned in fresh greens, as well as bright green and orange translucent café tables and chairs in the rotunda. This strategy allowed for a balance between the Homeboy Industries brand and the historic atmosphere at City Hall.
A custom black-stained oak merchandising display features freshly prepared snacks as well as Homeboy Industries branded t-shirts and travel mugs. With most of the food being prepared in Homeboy Industries’ central kitchen, grab’n’go facilities, soup warming and tamale steaming areas, pizza baking, coffee & espresso, and cold storage facilities were a priority for this space.