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NELSON completed the design of renowned chef Rick Bayless’ new Frontera Cocina restaurant at Disney Springs. The team began with a symmetrical plan with an A-frame metal roof structure, cedar siding, a cupola and a gracious outdoor porch. Operable doors were added to the covered porch for environmental control, so that guests can enjoy the stunning views at Disney Springs while in a climate-controlled environment.

The restaurant’s interior is just as unique. The team designed a contemporary metal and glass storefront to punctuate the vintage style clapboard-framed facades to bring natural light to the interiors. The skylight and windows also allow the space to be flooded with natural light throughout the day and dining guests can enjoy the dynamic views out to the Disney Springs.


The 200-seat restaurant has an impressive chef’s display kitchen, exposed wooden roof trusses, a huge tangerine-colored pendant chandelier and a large in-the-round bar featuring a world-class selection of Mexico’s best tequilas. All of this is accentuated by a custom-designed, 29-foot wide by 25-foot high handcrafted mural that celebrates Mexico’s spirit.