The rise of the celebrity chef has left little room for debate. When it comes to brand recognition, the strongest identifier for restaurants remains the men or women who don the culinary whites. However, as any restaurateur can attest, the process of opening a new store from the ground up will result in a lengthy list of credits.
The cost of installing solar panels at Coasterra, which opened in San Diego last August, was through the (solar) roof, and it’s going to take eight to 10 years to see a return on the investment. Still, it was a really valuable decision, says David Cohn, president and founder of Cohn Restaurant Group, which owns the venue.
Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft brewery in the U.S., and San Diego-based hospitality collective, Untitled Hospitality, announced their partnership to develop Stone Hotel—the companies’ first-ever brewery hotel.
Acapulco Restaurant & Cantina, a Southern California hometown favorite since 1960, is getting back to its roots while investing heavily in its future. Because of that commitment, the historical excellence of the brand, and its connection to the community, Acapulco will host a grand reopening on August 12 at its Downey location, following an extensive remodel.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a leader in casual dining known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza, distinctive taproom fare, and vast craft beer selection, announced that its franchise partners are reinvesting an average of $150,000 into refreshing 37 existing franchised restaurants.
The first U.S. location of the famous Parisian restaurant, Le Coq Rico, is now open at 30-32 East 20th Street, between Park Avenue South and Broadway in New York City. The architectural and design firm of Montroy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI) joined forces with Paris-based Pascal Desprez, a prominent international architect and the founder of studio DP Agence, to develop the design for the restaurant.
Austin, Texas, has always been a city with a local-first gene. Alison Schulze, a senior interior design manager at Studio 11 Design, took that into account when devising a restaurant blueprint to coincide with the Sheraton Austin hotel’s full-scale remodel.
Vanrooy Creative Group, a design firm based in Southern California, was started in 2007 by Christine and Jerry Van Rooy. The team is in charge of creating memorable environments, integrating interior architecture, and industrial design.
The last time change was a serious player at Spiaggia was back in 1999. The four-star Italian Chicago restaurant touched up some paint and purchased new furniture. Believe it or not, that was a big deal for famed chef/partner Tony Mantuano’s institution on the Windy City’s Magnificent Mile.
The Woodruff Arts Center’s Twelve Eighty—Inspired Dining restaurant, in partnership with Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, unveiled a new look and feel for the lounge with enhancements that include new menu options, furniture, and logo design.
Vanrooy Creative Group, a unique design firm based in Southern California started in 2007 by Christine and Jerry Van Rooy is bringing Panama Joe's to Long Beach—a 5,100-square-foot restaurant/bar inspired by Panama and the California beach culture with Hacienda style architecture interiors.
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana has introduced a new concept at five of its eateries in Pittsburgh this year. The rebranding initiative introduces a host of new menu items, including many under 600 calories, updates and freshens interiors, and revitalizes the service style.
New York Cruise Lines, Inc. will open Fish Bar at North River Landing, its newest three-story seafood lounge and restaurant at Pier 81 on West 41st Street on the Hudson River, on May 1. Fish Bar, housed on a 10,000-square-foot yacht, is joining the highly acclaimed floating lobster shack, North River Lobster Company, which remains one of the hottest casual dining spots in New York.