As soon as it opened, The Commoner became one of the liveliest restaurants and night spots in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District. It is part of the draw of the new Hotel Monaco, which entailed the adaptive reuse of the striking Duquesne Light Building that was built in 1903. Strada was also part of the design team for the overall project in which a major goal was to activate the building at all hours. The Commoner, a 120-seat restaurant and bar on the hotel’s lower level, plays an important role towards this end, attracting guests with a dark, underground vibe and elevated pub cuisine. Black steel columns and the glowing expo kitchen complete the intrigue of this space, which had been the building’s mail room before it fell into disrepair. Strada served as the architect of record for both The Commoner and Hotel Monaco as part of a design team that included Gensler, Beleco Design, Mark Zeff, and Ohm Lighting.