Calling all local artists! Now is your chance to have your work immortalized at one of Huntsville’s newest restaurants, Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Smokehouse, that’s slated to open at South Huntsville’s Hunnington Center in September. The restaurant will be the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular Fire & Spice food truck.
Owners LeAndra and Thomas Poux recently announced the Art Project Paint-Off Contest, a challenge for local artists to design a mural for a wall inside the new space.
“Our business has a history of working with local artists for our branding,” said LeAndra. “We wanted to continue that tradition by asking Huntsville to submit their best designs for our mural.”
Artists, be aware. There are some simple design rules that contestants must follow to be considered:
- Your art MUST incorporate a love of Texas AND the Rocket City.
- It must be designed to fit a 26’ x 6’ wall.
- It must complement the future design scheme of the restaurant, which the owners have called “new-age western.”
- Participants must sign and submit the Rules & Regulations documents available at http://www.firespicesmokehouse.com/art-project.html.
- The design must be sent in a readable format—pdf, jpeg, etc. (make sure it’s easy to open)
All artwork must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org between July 25th and August 22nd to be considered. The winners will be announced on Friday, August 25th.
As if having your design chosen wasn’t enough of an incentive, Fire & Spice has added more prizes to up the ante. The winner of the mural contest will also enjoy a very tasty treat that will keep on giving throughout the year.
- Grand Prize (1) – Free Tacos for a Year! A special Gift Card will be rewarded to the winner with the amount of $15 per week. Winner’s artwork will be painted and signed by the original artist (winner) on the restaurant wall. (Be sure to read the Winner’s Rules upon entering.)
- Second Prize (2) – Artwork will be signed by the original artist and framed inside the restaurant. Winner will also receive a T-shirt and $15 Gift Card to Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Smokehouse.
- Third Prize (3) – Artwork will be signed and framed inside the restaurant and will receive a T-shirt.
But other participants won’t go away empty handed. Everyone who sends in artwork for consideration will be invited to a special “Artist Appreciation Night” that will take place sometime after the official grand opening. Guests will receive 25 percent off their meal and a chance to mingle and have fun with other local artists. The date for the event is TBD.
“The Huntsville area has so much artistic talent,” said LeAndra. “We are a city of engineers, but we also have this abundant creativity at our fingertips. I am always amazed at the work our local artists produce, and we knew they had to have a presence at the new restaurant. They help make Huntsville what it is—an imaginative community that never ceases to surprise you.”
“New-Age Western” Design – A Tip For Contestants
The team at Fire & Spice has unique pieces they plan to incorporate into the design of their restaurant. From its metal bar to sugar skulls, the space will embody the Tex-Mex spirit mixed with a little Huntsville flavor.
“We wanted to make the look and feel of the restaurant capture the beauty of the Lone Star State and our history of operating as a food truck,” said Thomas.
“A lot of metal, wood, and industrial elements will be incorporated, as well,” he said. “We’ve had this in our heads for awhile, and now the time has come to bring it to life. I think people are really going to enjoy the atmosphere we provide. The mural will be a large part of that.”
About Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Smokehouse
“Opening a brick-and-mortar was always a goal of ours,” said LeAndra. “We are very grateful for the way Huntsville embraced our food truck. It’s because of that support that we are able to expand this soon.”
The couple first discovered their famed food truck on Craigslist. Thomas was so sure of the concept that he and LeAndra packed up and moved to the Rocket City to pursue their dream.
“There was just something about it,” said Thomas. “We left everything and moved to Huntsville where LeAndra is from. We lived with her parents until we could get everything up and running.”
Since then, the truck has been rebranded—with help from talented local artists—and has stayed busy for events, parties, and day-to-day business. The popularity of the truck led to the next goal for the team, opening a restaurant.
“The food truck will stay in business, as usual,” said LeAndra. “The new Smokehouse will allow us to expand our offerings and serve an area of Huntsville that we believe will embrace the Tex-Mex fare that we love so much.”
As for the contest, LeAndra had one thing to say.
“Show us what you’ve got, Huntsville. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!”
Submit all art for consideration to email@example.com by Aug. 22!
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