Bright colours, palm fronds, references to Spanish architecture and wallpaper made of advertisements feature in the second cafe location of the chocolate manufacturer Chocobar Cortés.
Chocobar Cortés is a fourth-generation family company that has been growing cacao and manufacturing chocolate since 1929, first in the Dominican Republic and then in Puerto Rico.
In 2013, they opened their first cafe-restaurant in Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) – Puerto Rico's historic capital – where every dish or drink incorporates chocolate in some way.
The second location in The Bronx brings the concept to New York City and is modelled on the "colmadito" general stores found in Viejo San Juan as a nod to its origins.
"The design embraces the warmth of the Caribbean and recognisable textures, colours and patterns of the Viejo San Juan neighbourhood of the first location," said Ernesto Gloria of Studio Tre.
The 1,600-square-foot (150-square-metre) space on Alexander Avenue features a variety of elements borrowed from the colmaditos, including chequerboard cement-tile flooring.
A trio of arches that form niches for the back bar and an opening to the bathrooms echo Spanish colonial architecture.
These arches were painted in the brand's signature yellow hue, matching the front of the cafe counter and together adding warmth and vibrancy to the space.
"Retired chocolate bar moulds repurposed as design feature above the cafe counter," said Whitley Esteban of Studio Tre, who travelled with Gloria to San Juan at the project's onset to learn about the company and its values.
Ogee wood panelling and bronze hardware on the bar were chosen as an homage to the large doors found across the old city.
On the cafe walls, pale green-grey plaster was applied above wood wainscoting, and a mix of historic photos and a rotation of works by local and Caribbean artists are displayed.
The bathrooms are lined with a collage of brightly coloured cartoons and old advertisments, while radio jingles play over the speakers.
The cafe also hosts a series of events and cultural programming for the neighborhood's queer community, creating a "spirit of acceptance and celebration".
"Imbuing this Caribbean spirit into the design, with also the vibrant and artistic spirit of the neighborhood in The Bronx, the interiors of the restaurant establish Chocobar Cortés as the joyful celebration of culture, chocolate, and community that it is," said Glora said.
Chocolate shops and cafes are popular across the globe, and their interiors vary dramatically based on their context.
The photography is by Grant Legan.