Mad Yolks Restaurant

The design of ‘Mad Yolks’ breakfast concept in Santa Cruz takes inspiration from eggs, with oval-shaped tiles, yellow accents, curvy forms, and an eggshell-like service counter, completed by Studio BANAA.

  • area / size 1,800 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Type Restaurant,
  • ‘Mad Yolks’ is the latest creation of twin brother restaurateurs, Peter and Henry Wong, who have established themselves as an authority on fast casual dining in downtown Santa Cruz with a highly successful poke restaurant. Their love for well-crafted locally-made ingredients has brought them to experiment with food once more, this time with people’s favorite meal of the day – breakfast!

    A breakfast concept in the surf haven of Santa Cruz clearly calls for a laid-back and approachable atmosphere, taking cues from the traditional American diner with a healthy spin. Our design concept riffs off of all things egg – from the large oval-shaped tiles in the restroom, to the deep yellow accent tones, to the loose curvy, and arched forms throughout the space. The service counter showcases a literal version of an eggshell, with a continuous “crack” on the face that brings in soft yellow lighting via a concealed light cove. The existing playful and intricate tile flooring is restored and preserved to celebrate the history of the space, while a few rows of half-circle floating shelves replicate the waves of the ocean.

    Design: Studio BANAA
    Client: Peter & Henry Wong, Manning Development
    Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama