0028 Thank You.

Art Direct / Build / Concept / Design

After an offer was somewhat unexpectedly accepted on two storefronts in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago, we found ourselves with a kitchen and street-level retail space on our hands.


One of these was dedicated to tropical bar concept Lost Lake (see LSD0027), and we then developed the other as a fast American Chinese takeout counter concept, Thank You., offering menu items for carryout and delivery, as well as to the barstools and tables next door.


Clayton Hauck for Lost Lake

The simple, bright white space is a marked contrast to its colorful neighbor, designed around a crisp white color scheme with few decorative elements. A simple six panel light board outlines some designed, illustrative elements and the numbered-style menu listings. A takeout cooler anchors the counterspace, offering up esoteric drink options – alcoholic and non – for both Thank You. customers as well as those queuing up to get tropical at neighboring Lost Lake.  We designed custom aprons with the fine folks at Stock Manufacturing, designed our own chopstick labels, and then also had custom fortune cookies made specific to us.


The menu is wok-driven featuring fresh, local ingredients, offering up a creative take on traditional American Chinese takeout dishes.


Clayton Hauck for Lost Lake

photos: Clayton Hauck