About a decade ago, I met architect Brian Fitzsimmons. (At his house in SoSA, if you care.) The man definitely goes his own way. And I’m always curious when he plans a restaurant.
Work is set to start soon on Frida, a new restaurant and bar to be constructed on a vacant lot at the south edge of the Paseo Arts District.
The proprietor is Shaun Fiaccone of Humankind Hospitality Service which also operates Picasso Cafe and The Other Room in the Paseo.
The design by Brian Fitzsimmons features modern Spanish Revival architecture to complement the surrounding structures and includes 4,386 square of enclosed space along with a 698 square foot outdoor courtyard sheltered by a trellis and 989 square feet of outdoor patio.
Fitzsimmons Architects has designed some of Oklahoma City’s more stunning restaurants, such as Hatch, Broadway 10 and both Sidecar locations.
Haven’t been to Sidecar, but I know Broadway 10 and Hatch well enough.
Now about that name…
The name Frida is an homage to Frida Kahlo the Mexican painter.
I should have thought of that. But instead, I went Swedish:
Anni-Frid Synni, Princess Reuss of Plauen, was either the first or the last A in ABBA. Not sure it matters which. (She’s now seventy-one, which seems impossible.)