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Imperial Wholesale Featured at Tempe’s Hotspot

Imperial Wholesale Featured at Tempe's Hotspot We’re excited to announce that Imperial Wholesale’s tile is featured in Tempe’s hottest, trendiest playground—Culinary Dropout. This means that you can visit this lively restaurant not only to enjoy their delicious food, flavorful cocktails, and local music; but also to take in the trendy, laid-back ambiance of its interior design, brought to you in part by our flooring specialists. If you’ve been curious what wood-look tile looks like in a real life setting, we encourage you to stop by and see for yourself!

If you’ve ever visited a Culinary Dropout, then you know exactly the type of environment the restaurant hosts; as an establishment that claims “normal is boring,” you won’t find anything of the ordinary here. From ping pong tables, to graffiti covered walls, stand-out employees, and unique cuisine, our tile fits right in. Located at the back of The Yard, within Culinary Dropout, is an intimate, cabin-style bar affectionately named The Coop. There you’ll find our wood-look porcelain tile, which sets the tone for The Coop’s cabin-like ambiance.

Read on to learn more about how Imperial Wholesale contributed to Culinary Dropout’s rebel culture and how you can get the look for yourself.

About Culinary Dropout

The Culinary Dropout located at The Yard Tempe is tucked away within the Farmer Arts District. Located in the heart of downtown Tempe, Arizona right by Arizona State University and Mill Ave., Culinary Dropout offers an ambiance that’s “not easily definable and even harder to forget.”

Some of the unique features in this restaurant includes:
  • Private function rooms
  • Yard area filled with outdoor games
  • An indoor/outdoor bar
  • Cozy fireplaces
  • Concert area dedicated to local artists
With these features, this Fox Concepts restaurant is the perfect place to take a long lunch with co-workers, share cocktails with friends, or even bring your family in for game night. At Culinary Dropout, everyone’s welcome. And if you haven’t stopped by yet, you’re truly missing out.

Imperial Wholesale’s featured tile

Imperial Wholesale partners perfectly with Culinary Dropout. Just like this restaurant, we too, believe in all things unique and is why we offer an exquisite flooring selection you can’t get anywhere else.

Just take our contribution to Culinary Dropout as an example. The tile featured within the restaurant’s private function room, The Coop, is from our Mansion Collection. The tile was installed by our flooring specialists and complements the anything-but-ordinary culture that Culinary Dropout embodies. Check it out below.

The Mansion Collection at Culinary Dropout The Mansion Collection at Culinary DropoutThe Mansion Collection at Culinary Dropout

The Mansion Collection

The Mansion Collection is the tile of choice for The Coop in Culinary Dropout due to its one-of-a-kind features. Its natural wood-look is pleasing to the eyes, and it comes with all the perks that porcelain tile has to offer. The Mansion Collection adds a sophisticated and contemporary feel to any room.

The collection comes in four matte color waves that recreate a traditional parquet style. Each individual tile features various angles that, when installed correctly, works to create a beautiful masterpiece. And while in this instance the tile complements The Coop’s cabin look and feel, the Mansion Collection can be utilized to help create and enhance an array of vintage and modern styles. Check out our “What’s New” page to view the latest in trending wood-look porcelain tile.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out this close-up of the Mansion Collection below.

The Mansion Collection at Culinary Dropout

Get the look for yourself

Are you impressed? Do you love the way The Coop at Culinary Dropout is designed, and want to duplicate the style within your home? If so, we’ve got you covered. Here you’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to mimic this laid-back look.

To help you tackle this project, we’re sharing various tips about:
  • Wall decor
  • Seating
  • Lighting
  • Flooring

Wall decor

In order to successfully imitate the look and feel of The Coop at Culinary Dropout in your space, wall décor is an important aspect to keep in mind. Wall décor will help liven up your room and give you a space that’s truly unique.

With this aspect, remember that you’re trying to embody a style that’s out of the ordinary. To do this, we recommend mixing in reclaimed wood, incorporating steel beams, and using stainless-steel accents in order to make a big statement.

For inspiration, check out this creative Pinterest board and this DIY wooden pallet project.


Seating is the next aspect to keep in mind. Since your décor is already giving off some edge, you’ll want to make sure your seating is warm and welcoming to give your home a good balance. To accomplish this, we recommend stationing oversized armchairs or sofas within your space.

In an effort to duplicate the look of Culinary Dropout, it’s best to use seats in standout patterns like floral, stripped, or checkered. This will add just another unique feature to your home. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to buy a brand new chair or sofa. Simply follow this easy DIY project on reupholstering a chair to transform your old chair into a new, customized piece.


Next, we’re sharing tips on how to incorporate lighting to mimic the design of Culinary Dropout. Just like the other tips we’ve shared, it’s important to go over the top with this design element. By mixing in several different styles, your home will embody the rebel culture of Culinary Dropout in no time.

For the best results, we recommend incorporating the following light pieces:
  • Cooper pennants
  • Rustic chandeliers
  • Stringed lights


Finally comes our favorite design element to talk about—flooring. If you’re looking for the exact same flooring featured in Culinary Dropout’s private function room, select our Mansion Collection. The collection is offered in four different color waves and is one of the reasons why the interior design at Culinary Dropout makes such a big statement.

However, if you’re looking for something a little different, feel free to browse through our other flooring options. We offer a wide variety of hardwood, tile, laminate, and wood-look tile so we’ll have the perfect option for you regardless of the look you envision.

What’s next?

By now, you’re most likely feeling inspired by the laid-back, edgy ambiance of Culinary Dropout, and it’s time to do something about it. Stop by Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe to see our featured tile, and be further inspired by the out-of-the-ordinary style; or simply give us a call.

At Imperial Wholesale, we’re here to help you transform your ordinary space into a unique spot you’ll be proud to show off to your guests. So what are you waiting for? Your inner “dropout” awaits.