Pegboard became popular in the 1950s, coinciding with an urban push to the suburbs. New garages needed to be organized, and pegboard fit the bill. Today, restaurants have embraced the familiar dots, which we see as part of an ongoing trend to reinvent barebones work materials, like Edison bulbs and exposed pipes, for more creative means. "Pegboard is pleasingly minimalist, especially when painted bold colors, which proved perfect for our purposes." Says Alex Hall, the owner of Brunswick Café in Brooklyn.