Diesel Café, Somerville, MA

Diesel Café, Somerville, MA

Scope
Renovation
2,400 sf

A vintage motorcycle displayed above the entry sets the tone for this “filling station.” On pleasant days, an oversized garage door opens this unconventional coffeehouse to the bustle of Elm Street in Somerville’s Davis Square. Diesel Café is a world of food and funk that has become a recipe for success.

Inexpensive materials used creatively — plywood floors, flakeboard counters and cabinets, furniture made from pipes, retro diner stools, pool tables, industrial light fixtures, exposed mechanical systems and road signs and hubcaps — are hallmarks of the design. Visionary clients and distinctive design have established the Diesel Café as the “high octane” hangout in Somerville’s hippest neighborhood.