Anton Posniak Breaks Barriers in Restaurant Design

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Anton Posniak breaks from restaurant industry convention with a series of eating establishments that emphasize style and cultural collision.

In an industry that is historically typified by its emphasis on the replication of past triumphs, restaurant designer Anton Posniak continues his legacy of inspiringly forward-thinking work with a string of eating establishments recently opened in the Los Angeles area. By no means a restaurant mastermind whose greatest aspiration is to turn his best ideas into franchises, Anton Posniak has developed a reputation as a designer who is loath to repeat himself. His various credits are marked by a refusal to acknowledge boundaries of culture or style, and it is this trait that makes his work a frequent talking point among both design enthusiasts and “foodies.”

In fact, one of the great testaments to Anton Posniak’s reputation is his frequent collaboration with designers from other fields. His restaurant The Backyard, located behind Los Angeles’ famed Westwood W Hotel, is a prime example. In creating the unique layout of this Mediterranean-themed lounge and restaurant, Anton Posniak worked with Thom Filicia, best known for his role as a style advisor on the popular show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

The model of The Backyard, with its emphasis on a unique atmosphere and visually singular layout, stands in stark contrast to the more market-driven approach taken by other restaurants. The conventional wisdom in this industry has long been to create restaurants that exude a similar sense of familiarity, an approach taken to the extreme in many franchises. Anton Posniak stands out as an exception to this rule.

His work is not only attention-getting for its break from industry convention, however. Anton Posniak has also become known, and alternately praised and questioned, for his insistence on restaurant menus that play fast and loose with the more rigid rules of culture. His sushi restaurant, called Tengu, is an accurate example. The restaurant features a selection of traditional sushi items that appeal to purists, but also an experimental fusion menu that is anything but conventional.

Characteristics like these ensure that Anton Posniak is forever considered something of an outsider in some circles, and a leader in others. Regardless, there is no question that his restaurant design work gets people’s attention. His habit of breaking barriers makes it plan why his restaurants continue to be water cooler conversation pieces.


Anton Posniak is a California-based restaurant designer who has successfully established a reputation for innovative design ideas and breathtaking interior spaces. His work has won acclaim for its fusion of ambiance and décor with cutting-edge menu items. Among his successful restaurants Anton Posniak counts The Backyard, Blanca, and Tengu. In addition to restaurant design, Anton Posniak also serves as a manager and promoter to various up-and-coming designers and artists.

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