Bringing Pacific Coast Mexican cuisine with a Pacific Northwest influence to NE Seattle with an extensive tequila list, cocktails, beer and Washington wine. Local vendors and ingredients prepared in a traditional Mexican style. House-made masa for tortillas and tamales. Family friendly menu and dining room and a bar for those 21 and over. Great neighborhood Mexican restaurant.
Arriba Cantina is the brainchild of a long-time client, Ryan Suddendorf, who decided to branch out from his corporate company and do something more creative on his own. As a Pacific Coast Mexican cuisine restaurant, Ryan wanted to add ethnic flair to the sign design to be visible as to what type of establishment it is. He provided a location, company name and color pallet but beyond that, he trusted our experience to provide a logo and conceptual design that would bring his restaurant to life. Ryan only had one request; He asked us to incorporate a heart into the design, as this is a homage to his wife. The heart represents the Love door at Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta, where Ryan and his wife got married and the inspiration for Arriba Cantina.
Owner of Metro Sign Co., Jamie Zaretsky, came up with the idea of making a sign that looked like Mexican Papel Picado. Envisioning cut out elements, bright colors and adding the contrast of neon. The logo was also the vision of Zaretsky, describing what he wanted to sign painter Sean Barton, then digitized by Richard Martin.
Fabrication and production consisted of laser cut oversized face panels and a welded custom cabinet with brackets. The two-tone paint colors were performed in a multi-step process with Matthews Paint. 3m vinyl applied to add graphic elements and hand bent classic neon glass to light up the project.
The client, as well as every person that walks by instantly, understands what is inside the building. Making Arriba Cantina’s signage not only the “best looking sign on the block” says Ryan but serving the purpose of what a sign should be.