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RiNo’s Mister Oso Is a Feast for the Eyes

Lush design elements align perfectly with the restaurant's Latin American menu.

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What’s the local secret ingredient for a restaurant with design as appealing as its fare? Lately, it’s David Schaich, founder of Denver’s Shike Design and the creative mind behind Root Down’s mid-mod funk and the convivial vibe at Ash’Kara. So when Señor Bear’s chef and co-owner Blake Edmunds decided to launch another eatery, Mister Oso, he knew exactly who to call. Underlining the bold Latin flavors served at the bistro, which debuted in RiNo in November, is one of Schaich’s hallmarks: colorful wallpaper in a playful pattern, this one with birds of paradise perched among tropical plants. “Foliage is big in international design right now, and brings in that celebratory Cuban-Miami element,” Schaich says. But the greenery-filled tableau is just one of the ways Schaich ushered in the outdoors. Audubon bird prints adorn the walls, faux palm fronds dangle above diners’ heads, and wrought-iron fence scrolls in vibrant hues accent the space. Of course, if you seek actual fresh air, grab a seat on the patio, where ivy-covered walls make the agua frescas and Peruvian cebiche taste even more refreshing.

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