Howard Laks Architects

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Santa Monica Pier, California

Located on the Santa Monica Pier, The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company was completed in 2004. The 8,955 square foot restaurant and retail shop includes two levels of outdoor dining located at the beach level and pier deck level. The building is situated on a pier that is a designated historic landmark and its 38-foot building height and elevator tower comply with the Secretary of Interior’s guidelines for rehabilitating historic properties. The Secretary of the Interior’s also required the building architecture to differentiate from other existing structures on the pier, yet remain compatible with the historic materials, size, scale, proportions, massing, context, design, color, and texture of the pier and its environment. Materials and colors that are consistent with the Pier Design Guidelines include wood horizontal lap siding, wood-framed windows with clear tempered glass, French doors that connect the interior to the activity of the beach and Pier, and canvas and corrugated metal awnings. The building adds to the dynamic and readily identifiable silhouette of the pier as seen from the north or south vantage points along the Pacific Coast. The restaurant has contributed to the pedestrian and economic vitality on the pier and has become one of the most successful restaurants in the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company international chain.

City Walk, Universal City, California
Located within the heart of Universal City Walk, and just outside the world famous Universal Studios, Hollywood, The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, City Walk, is a 12,500 square foot indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar. The exterior facade situated on the City Walk is reminiscence of the original Bubba Gump Shrimp Company located on the waterfront of Cannery Row in Monterey, California. The restaurant interior includes artifacts taken from the award-winning movie 'Bubba Gump.' The indoor and outdoor dining has a floor area of 12,580 square feet and festive seating for 395 patrons.

Denver, Colorado
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is located within the downtown district of Denver, Colorado and adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center. Howard Laks Architects transformed this early century 12,000 square foot brick and concrete warehouse into a two-story restaurant, bar and retail space. This adaptive reuse building includes a 5,700 square feet basement designed to accommodate administrative and back-of-house services. The ground and second floors are connected by a centralized industrial steel stair, totaling 5,800 square feet and include seating for 453 guests. The second floor bar area is open to the outdoors along the front façade to contribute to the historic and pedestrian-friendly orientation along California Street.