Chef Justin Cucci wasn’t going to let opportunity pass him by.Too often, Cucci watched readying-to-launch restaurant operations devote so much time, energy, and capital to their dining room that al fresco dining became an unfortunate afterthought.
Opening a restaurant is risky business. Some statistics suggest that half of all new eateries close within their first year. Sure, establishing an incredible menu is of paramount importance for success.
Expanses of cattle ranches and cacti dot the desert landscape of the Northern Mexico state of Sonora, and the outdoor mesquite grilling of both vegetables and meats is a defining factor of the cuisine.
Today’s back-of-house restaurant kitchen has taken on its own identity. It’s a far cry from the operations Julia Child would have recognized, but it’s been honed since her days to be more efficient and more technologically advanced.
Hospitality takes a holistic turn within a historic building nestled in the oldest riverfront neighborhood in Minneapolis, thanks to the expansion of a fine-dining destination into a daylong café and European-style boutique hotel.
Ruby Tuesday announced it has completed the remodels of all seven restaurants in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. The restaurants have undergone updates to better reflect the company's focus on fresh ingredients and appeal to today’s guests.
PlumpJack Group, a San Francisco-based hospitality company, opened Pendulum, the first newly built restaurant to Colorado’s Vail Village in eight years, in December. In addition, the group also re-opened a Vail favorite, White Bison, which features an updated menu, a new cocktail program, and an interior renovation.
As another Miami summer descended upon the famed Fontainebleau, Michael Mina decided his fine-dining restaurant could use a vacation. In the space formerly occupied by Michael Mina 74, he wanted to open a casual, relaxed venue where sunscreen-soaked guests could feel as comfortable in board shorts as they would in dinner jackets.
The night began, as so many dinners do, with a 7 p.m. reservation. Entrées were ordered. Bottles of wine uncorked. The table sipped on after-dinner cocktails and basked in the setting. Only at Sophia’s, an Austin, Texas, restaurant open since August, this string of events is often just the beginning.
Nashville’s downtown scene features plenty of lively honky-tonk bars and creative independent restaurants, but according to interior designer Kathy Anderson, there has been one element missing from the vibrant city: a fancy destination where people can go for special nights.
When cofounders Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer opened their first location of Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant in 1996, they teamed up with an architect and other design professionals to bring their restaurant to life.
Ken Peters and the team at Nocturnal Branding turned in a 149-page report—on 13-by-19-inch paper—to Macayo’s. If that seems a bit excessive, consider this: That’s just a shade over two pages for every year the legendary Arizona Mexican chain has been open.
A popular restaurant based in Norfolk, Virginia, the Brick Anchor Brew House, was inspired by the brick building and Navy presence in the city while paying homage to the Anchor Bar of Buffalo, New York, hometown of Owner Phil Smith.
The San Diego Architectural Foundation honored Madison on Park restaurant with an Orchid for Interior Design at the 40th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards on October 13 at the Spreckels Theater.Madison is the first restaurant designed by Anna and David Sindelar, the husband and wife team behind the industrial design firm, ARCHISECTS, and the creative directors at FLUXX Nightclub.