FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, WA (July 24, 2023): La Union Studio is excited for the official (re)opening of the Mexican Restaurant, Baja Bistro, this past weekend in the vibrant neighborhood of Beacon Hill. The owner, Oscar Rodriguez, was on hand for the soft opening celebration, along with his community & business partners, family and friends as this small business celebrates a long-awaited return to the culinary world of the Pacific Northwest.
“Our favorite part of designing any space is seeing it full of life, love and energy,” said Sonia-Lynn Abenojar, La Union’s Co-Founder & Director of Creativity. “We congratulate Oscar and his family. It’s been a long time coming and a full circle moment”.
La Union Design Studio, a firm known for its innovative and culturally impactful designs, was launched by Abenojar and her partner Sergio Max Legon-Talamoni. They had been working with Rodriguez and his team for the last two and a half years, with delays amplified by the pandemic and navigating the nuances of funding from various sources of community lenders. After being displaced due to rising rents and gentrification, Baja Bistro was able to finally pass final inspection this month and return to the neighborhood in its new space located at 2710 Beacon Avenue South earlier this summer. Located in the heart of Beacon Hill business corridor, Baja Bistro serves up regional Mexican food from Baja California, where brothers Oscar & Luis were born and raised. Oscar said it took a community effort and successful partnerships like the one with the La Union Studio team to help make this reopening a reality.
“Working with Sonia and Sergio was great. They are young and enthusiastic and they have a good eye. I trusted them immediately,” said Oscar. “La Union Studio did our architecture design. They hired my general contractor and came up with ideas for our decor. Most importantly, they listened to my ideas and were just really easy to work with”.
About La Union Studio
Led by founders Sonia Lynn Abenojor and Sergio Legon-Talamoni, La Union Studio is a full-service, architectural and interior design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Our studio specializes in the tenant improvements of cultural, retail, hospitality, multi-family and custom single family residential projects. Our designs reflect the beautifully diverse identities of our clients - their community - and the broader fabric of the neighborhood. Some of our clients included Phin Vietnamese Coffee, Raised Doughnuts & Cakes, Bahtoh, 20 Oz Tea, Hood Famous Cafe & Bar and Boon Boona Cafe. For more information on our work & story, go to www.LaUnionStudio.com
I recommend La Union Studio all the time. They are easy to work with, it felt like a collaboration the entire time, they listen to your wants and desires and really do a great job of incorporating them as well as their own styles to make it incredible.
Mi Kim, Owner, Raised Doughnuts & Cakes
Trusting the process with this team is simple, because they understand the reality of running a business. We trust they will accommodate your needs & the end result will be special.
Maxwell Heigh, Founder, Heigh Connects Food Group
Sergio and Sonia are a perfect balance of accessible and professional, of community-based and institutionally-connected. They can help bridge the often totally disparate worlds of small business and commercial development. Their design solutions to complicated problems are intuitive and straightforward.
Matthew Richter, Interim Executive Director, Cultural Space Agency
La Union Studio has helped us connect with people from the community that we were not in connection with before this project, which allowed more people to know Chebogz's story and legacy. They also have your back when issues rise and they do it in a way that doesn't scare the clients. They care!
Patrixia Paraiso, Owner, CheBogz Filipino Food
With Sergio and Sonia, you get two people who are insanely intelligent, incredibly creative, but also really patient. I really appreciate their ability to stick to a timeline, to meet deadlines, to continue to push and to reach a vision.
Gavin Sullivan, Owner, Madrona Bureau