ROAM Restaurant

Grand Rapids, Michigan


  • San Chez Bistro

    Project Size

  • 2,000 SF


The owners of ROAM, a new concept restaurant, came to us with the idea of bringing the food and ambiance of street markets from all over the world into one eatery in Grand Rapids. They envisioned a space that would be representative of an eclectic mix of different countries, meant to celebrate the variety of cultures that have inspired the unique street foods featured on the menu. We collaborated with the client to develop a design that would bring their vision to life, accommodate their programmatic needs, and overcome the challenges of fitting a full-service restaurant within an existing space with very tight constraints.


ROAM includes a dining room that can accommodate 60-70 people, a bar, kitchen, and an outdoor patio. Through strategic material selection, our design creates an environment that is reminiscent of world markets and prominently features the owners’ personal art and artifacts collected throughout their own travels. Expansive windows offer a great street view of the downtown area, and vibrant colors add a cheerfulness to the space. Peruvian hand blown glass bulbs dangle at varying heights from the ceiling, and lining the ceiling are laser-cut pieces of art backlit with bright color palettes. Reclaimed barn wood from Holland was used to construct the bar, and old gas lamps originally from the Tigers Stadium were repurposed to create bar lights.


ROAM successfully creates a destination for a new food experience within Grand Rapids. With eclectic décor inspired by countries all over the globe, visitors get the sense that they are traveling, getting a literal taste of other cultures and an inviting experience that allows them to “roam” around the world.