When restaurateur Alex Sgourdos approached consultant Michael Whiteman for advice on whether he should transform an underground bank vault into a restaurant, Whiteman’s answer was an absolute yes.What’s now known as Butcher & Banker was formerly a 1930s bank.
The concept of retail operations within restaurants isn’t a new idea. Think Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café, and Joe’s Crab Shack, where exiting through the gift shop and picking up a few trinkets for souvenirs is the norm.
Rapidly growing “eatertainment” brand Punch Bowl Social unveiled a smaller-footprint model June 15, which it plans to debut December in Fort Worth’s West 7th entertainment corridor. The new design will be 12,500 square feet, half the size of the 14-unit chain’s typical 25,000-square-foot box.
Custom features within any restaurant space can become a brand trademark used to spark interest, entice guests and create brand recognition. Restaurant operators rely on their designers, and the partnerships they bring to the table, to create a successful finished product.
Upon opening its doors in 1994, The Buffalo Club quickly established itself as a Los Angeles headliner offering fine dining and classic cocktails to the celebrated and in the know. More than 23 years later, The Buffalo Club continues to make an indelible mark as one of the city’s most iconic and beloved restaurants.
We’ve all been to restaurants where we sit down at a table or booth and notice there is something in dire need of a repair. It could be a ripped or cracked vinyl seat. Perhaps tables and counters showing damage with chipping or scratches.
The James Beard Foundation announced that The American Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, known equally for its architectural and culinary artistry, has been awarded this year’s Design Icon Award.2018 Design Icon honoree The American Restaurant opened on Valentine’s Day 1974 atop Crown Center in Kansas City.
Approaching its 10-year anniversary this April, Big Jones announced Big Jones 2.0, the next phase of Chicago’s home for historically inspired southern cuisine. The first step of Big Jones 2.0 took place in the summer of 2017, when the neighborhood staple underwent an exterior storefront renovation, bringing southern charm to the Clark Street entrance.
Greg and Gabi Denton knew it was time.Late last fall, the Portland, Oregon–based restaurant power couple, winners of the 2017 James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs of the Northwest honor, announced they would be closing SuperBite, their not-quite-two-year-old concept dishing big umami bites, on December 31.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Golden Corral president and CEO, Lance Trenary,of the Greensboro, North Carolina, location featuring the restaurant’s new design. “We are very happy to see the excitement that the new restaurant has created for our guests and our coworkers.
Dining out is a holistic experience—a delicate interplay of aroma, taste, sights, sounds, and environment. Interior design choices can transport guests from a suburban strip mall to a bustling downtown hotspot or 200 years back in time to a London opium den.
The turtles will soon be back in action at Marina Del Rey’s iconic pub, Brennan’s. After remodeling the space and giving the 45-year-old bar some TLC, Brennan’s will reopen on December 19 with new menus, a new look, and the same beloved turtles.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse announced the Esquire Champagne Room, a new destination for those seeking a chic setting filled with reserve bottles of sparking wine, decadent bites, live piano and more.
On November 18, Denver–based Punch Bowl Social, a leader in the “eat-ertainment” movement, will open its tenth location in the Stapleton air traffic control tower building, former home of the Stapleton International Airport that closed in 1995.