Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria

Branding for street-style Mexican kitchen and tequileria on 40th & Farnam in Omaha, Neb.

Brief

An experienced restauranteur, Michael Sanchez recognized an opportunity for offering upscale Mexican street food (yes, it turns out the words “upscale” and “street food” can go together) in midtown Omaha. Sanchez also recognized the imperative for his restaurant to have standout branding, both as an identifiable logo and an interior aesthetic. Before it opened in 2014, owner Michael Sanchez hired Oxide to design the identity and consult on branding the space.

  • Logo
  • Menus
  • Branding
  • Website
  • Interior Design
  • Signage

Process

Mula’s branding needed to reflect the street-food feel, and it needed to capture the double meaning of the restaurant’s name – “Mula” being the Spanish word for mule and a play on the slang term for money (“moolah”).

We developed the logo as a bright red mule in the center of an engraved currency pattern overlaying the word “Mula” in all-caps black text. The logo is hand-stamped every time, and the font changes as often as possible. This goes against the consistency we typically preach to our clients, but with the basic rules in place, consistency is still achieved all while creating a brand that has the “less corporate” look and feel of a Mexican street restaurant.

We carried the theme through the menus and into the exterior and interior design of the space – signage, color palette selections, two huge murals, framed wall art, and custom wallpaper for the restrooms featuring vintage Mexican currency.

Results

After a successful launch in spring 2014, including rave reviews in several local publications, Mula extended hours in 2015 to include lunchtime and added Sunday brunch in 2016. Many have credited the restaurant’s branding as their impetus for deciding to visit the first time.

Michael Sanchez had this to say: “Working with Oxide was not only fun, but unbelievably beneficial. I can say, with absolute certainty, that my business is more powerful and profitable because of Oxide!”

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