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Garden State Grandeur

By any measure, the debut of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen was a major restaurant opening in Morristown, New Jersey—perhaps the biggest the New York–metro commuter town had ever witnessed.

Perkins Says Remodeling Initiative on Track

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery says that its system-wide remodeling initiative introduced in 2013 and officially rolled out in 2014, is well underway. To date, a total of 69 company-operated restaurants and 40 franchised locations have been remodeled, with 46 of those occurring in 2015.

Union Kitchen Expands to Washington, D.C.’s Ivy City

Washington, D.C.-based restaurant general contractor, Hospitality Construction Services, was recently tapped by Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist to construct a second location for the area’s well-known food incubator, Union Kitchen.

Making the Transition from Café to Full-Service Restaurant

At its core, Villa Cemita’s decision to transition from a café to a full-service concept was rooted in the message. Owner Alejandra Aco and her family wanted to shake up New York City’s Mexican dining scene, so often misguided in its streamlined approach, and present the authentic fare of her hometown, Puebla, to guests seeking a more accurate and traditional experience.

Designs on Food

“The restaurant really is the brand in 3-D,” explains Rob Goldberg, executive vice president of marketing for Tommy Bahama. “What I like is that the restaurant instantly gives the consumer an understanding of who Tommy Bahama is.

Duck’s Restaurant Dynasty

On a brisk February night in 1989, the sleepy resort town of Duck, North Carolina, wasn’t hiding any secrets.It looked deserted. Wind whipped around the Currituck Sound, and rain turned to sleet as John Power gazed into the Atlantic Ocean.

TAO Group and Chef Chris Santos Debut VANDAL in New York City

This past weekend, TAO Group founders Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, along with Chef/Owner Chris Santos opened VANDAL in New York City, a bi-level restaurant, bar and lounge showcasing the work of world-renowned street artists alongside globally inspired street food from destinations as varied as Peru, Vietnam, and Barcelona.

Clique Hospitality And The Mirage Partner to Open Sports Bar

The Still is set to open in March at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The project from Clique Hospitality will combine approachable and classic food served exclusively from the kitchen of an Airstream trailer located within the 8,000-square-foot space.

Alternative Thinking Cuts Costs

Sometimes decisions born in compromises end up as great ideas.Restaurant owners don’t like to make concessions, especially when it comes to the quality of food or the overall comfort of guests.But give-and-take is part of doing business, especially when the cost for opening a new restaurant is running well above budget.

Into the Grey

Figuratively speaking, The Grey has set the Savannah restaurant scene on fire. But in its early days, the fire was nearly a literal calamity.Ask Mashama Bailey, the restaurant’s ebullient, Bronx-born chef about those formative months, and the memory quickly clambers to the surface.

Words of Wisdom For Web Design

Restaurants are focused on tangible experiences: things like the clink of wine glasses, the warmth of engaging company, and the taste of something new and surprising. This is and will forever be the allure of full-service restaurants, even in the digital age.

Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse Moves into New Location

A New York City institution since 1926, Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse started out as a whiskey joint and carnivorous speakeasy during Prohibition. The story began with two city slickers, waiters from Philadelphia, who opened up shop in the four-story dwelling.

Southern Comfort

The guiding principle behind Tupelo Honey Cafe, that “Southern food is good for the soul,” resonated with customers just as much 15 years ago—when the company opened its first restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina—as it does today, now that Tupelo Honey Cafe has expanded to include 12 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Farmhouse Design Offers Sustainability and Surprise

Let’s paint a horse’s body where the host stand will be, visually transforming the employee into a centaur, a mythical half-human, half-equine creature from Greek lore. Griz Dwight rolled the idea into discussion without any serious expectations.

Aural Ambiance Plays a Key Role in Restaurant Design

When Indaco first opened its hefty wooden doors on the bustling King Street block of Charleston, South Carolina, in August 2013, managing partner Steve Palmer took inventory of the design. The modern-industrial layout was complex and fluid, with butcherblock tables, an energetic open kitchen, lime-wash walls, and white brick accentuating the city’s roots and future.