The Lab, an off-campus restaurant whose design elements are reminiscent of a science lab, has received a People’s Choice Award from AIA/Los Angeles, a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Designed by Los Angeles-based architectural firm AC Martin Partners, the restaurant across from USC features slate-topped tables, beakers as vases and bookshelves adorned with science textbooks.
Scott Shuttleworth, director of USC Hospitality, and AC Martin collaborated to create an open floor plan with a design that includes white and black tiles, hardwood features and a main dining room with a wall of sliding doors that open onto an outdoor patio.
The restaurant, which opened in March, is flanked on one side by USC Hospitality’s recently opened restaurants Rosso’s Pizzeria and McKay’s, as well as the Galen Center on the other side.
“The Lab is about building a communal off-campus destination for students, faculty, alumni and locals to socialize and enjoy good food and drink,” said USC alumnus Shuttleworth, a restaurateur with two decades of industry experience.
The Lab, located at 3500 S. Figueroa St., is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and available for private events on Sundays.