Bistro 33, Davis, CA

The 1933 Davis City Hall and Fire Station had been vacant for years before the restaurant owners reached an agreement with the city for a restaurant. The historic building shell was retrofitted with the future interior design in mind. In a nod to the building’s historic uses, the bar doors are located where the fire trucks drove out, a fire feature dominates the island bar, the ornate ceilings in the main dining room remind diners of its former use as the Council Chambers, and the former city plaza outside is now an expansive, multi-leveled dining terrace. Today, the restaurant is the hub of the city’s entertainment district and downtown. Interior design by Benning Design Associates.