Decorative tile revitalizes The Mixx eatery in Kansas City
A dreary space located within Hawthorne Plaza in Kansas City, MO, was transformed into a cheerful and airy farm-to-table restaurant with a selection of tile in various colors, shapes and finishes
About 10 years ago, a Kansas City native opened her first restaurant known as The Mixx. Offering a vast array of innovative sandwiches, wraps, salads, pastas and soups that cater to each season, The Mixx is a step up from most fast-casual restaurants. Aside from utilizing real dishes and flatware, the owner set to differentiate herself from other traditional eateries by offering a more personalized, gourmet dining experience in a space that you’re intrigued to visit.
With two locations in the heart of Kansas City, The Mixx has become a culinary staple in western Missouri, which recently prompted the out-of-state expansion for its third location in Overland Park, KS. Located in the renowned Hawthorne Plaza, the year-old restaurant was built with a very specific goal in mind, according to Sybil Allegri, designer and interior architect at Clockwork Architecture and Design in Kansas City, MO. “The design goal was to transform a dark, failed restaurant space into a bright and airy farm-to-table restaurant for a local Kansas City restaurant owner,” she said. “Clockwork developed the scheme — fresh ingredients in a café setting meets mid-century modern.”
Creating something special
Upon entering the 2,500-square-foot space, customers are greeted by a bright and natural color scheme which exudes feelings of serenity and relaxation. A graphic floor tile from StonePeak’s Palazzo collection — utilized in 12- x 12- and 12- x 24-inch formats — comprises the majority of the floor which is complemented by solid-colored, 6- x 24-inch, porcelain tiles from StonePeak’s Parkland collection in “Acadia,” a slate-like color.
“We incorporated patterned tile on the floors to emulate French-bistro designs, as well as green and white mosaic tiles on the walls and columns as a nod to mid-century modern,” explained Allegri, who worked alongside Todd Howard, project manager at Clockwork, to complete the project. “I loved the notion of introducing a French bistro graphic floor tile and StonePeak offered a great black/white/gray-patterned tile that was one of the first finishes I selected and subsequently designed around it for the rest of the interiors.”
To provide a soothing ambiance, Allegri used a mix of 4- x 8-inch tiles in satin and glossy finishes from Crossville’s Color by Numbers collection on the feature walls. Two neutral colors were selected, including “Two for Tea,” an off-white; and “Sixth Sense,” a light gray. The majority of the wall tile is “Two for Tea,” with the latter tiles sporadically placed to provide a subtle contrast.
For the two columns and accent walls within the restaurant, Allegri chose smaller mosaic tiles. The columns are wrapped in 1- x 3-inch rectangular mosaics, with a satin finish, from Cepac Tile’s Stoneworks collection in the color “Creekstone.” The columns and accent walls also feature 3/4-inch penny round mosaics from Cepac Tile’s Classic Round collection in the color “Cotton.”
In total, approximately 4,700 square feet of tile was employed for the new restaurant, with an additional 1,400 square feet of tile utilized for the kitchen’s facets. It took approximately three months for a team of installers from Legacy Flooring Contractors, Inc., in Olathe, KS, to complete the installation.
For the installation, different colors of Tec’s Power Grout® were used to accompany the specific tiles, including “Silverado,” “Silhouette” and “Mist.” Power Grout has a unique formulation that creates a highly stain-resistant grout and provides strong, color-consistent joints by resisting efflorescence, cracking and shrinking.
Since The Mixx’s opening in Overland Park a little over a year ago, it has received nothing but positive reviews. “The space is now wildly popular and the owner is considering future locations,” said Allegri.
Overland Park, KS
Architect: Clockwork Architecture & Design, Kansas City, MO
Tile Suppliers: StonePeak Ceramics, Inc., Chicago, IL (Palazzo collection in “Graphite Dynasty Deco” and Parkland collection in “Acadia”); Crossville, Inc., Crossville, TN (Color by Numbers collection in “Tea for Two” and “Sixth Sense”); Daltile, Dallas, TX (Cepac Tile’s Stoneworks collection in “Creekstone” and Classic Rounds collection in “Cotton”)
Installer: Legacy Flooring Contractors, Inc., Olathe, KS
Installation Products: Tec, Aurora, IL (Power Grout®)