Spaces. Identities. UX.

The Golden Door

The Golden Door is a restaurant and incubator for refugee and immigrant-owned businesses. As the most potent symbol of our identity and culture, food has the power to demystify a culture, highlight common ground, and trivialize our differences. The name "The Golden Door" is a reference to the poem The New Colossus, engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Design elements in the restaurant change as the menu evolves to reflect the cultures of those currently staffing the restaurant.

By placing diners at the same counter where dishes are assembled, interaction between the kitchen staff and guests is encouraged. Asking simple questions about ingredients or cooking techniques opens doors to discussions about cultural traditions and identity. 

Brennen Birch