Design

Chains

Chipotle Is Tired of Being Behind on Digital Strategy

2 months ago

New Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol is aggressively pushing to lead on innovation. It's injecting some welcome momentum into a company that's been lagging behind in recent years.

Design

Inside Wendy’s Forward-Looking Design Strategy

3 months ago

Wendy's has got a lot of great ideas about how restaurant design can display the company's values. Will everybody make the connection between the new communal sinks and Wendy's fresh-never-frozen motto? Probably not, but it's a nice touch to have access to a sink without having to walk into the bathroom.

Design

Bespoke Dishware Can Be Good for Business (and Instagram)

4 months ago

Recognizing dining out as a sensory experience, restaurants are increasingly presenting their menu items on custom-made dishware. For those in favor of appealing to tastes both gustatory and visual, the eyes have it.

Design

Restaurants Tap Hollywood Set Designers to Create Standout Interiors

5 months ago

Restaurant design in the Instagram age is so high-stakes, it's tapped into the power of Hollywood set designers. Wow.

Design

Coffee by Day, Cocktails by Night at New York’s Patent Pending

5 months ago

Business in the front, party in the back isn't just relegated to a certain polarizing hairstyle. At New York's Patent Pending, the coffee shop-by-day, speakeasy-by-night concept works double duty in its design.

Design

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Design Has a ‘More Is More’ Moment

7 months ago

Distinctive elements will dominate in restaurant design through 2018. Bold color choices, stand-out patterns, text-heavy neon signage, and witty branding will shape identities for new spaces, and the perceptions of those who experience them— virtually or otherwise.

Design

New York Restaurant Design No Longer Forcing Diners to Use Flashlights

9 months ago

Dark and dramatic lighting can be moody... and annoying. We're glad the days of our dining companions pulling out phones as flashlights are numbered. (Looking at you, dad.)

Food

Eataly World’s Opening Signals the Next Phase of Food Hall Expansion

9 months ago

Have we reach peak food hall? No, not even close. These playgrounds are a solution of sorts to disappearing retail by filling expensive real estate and playing to consumers’ appetites for gourmet choices and largely local, organic obsessions.

Design

Noma’s Original Dining Room Is up for Auction This Week

10 months ago

Why settle for a restaurant’s coffee table book when you can have its coffee table?

Design

Elements of Fine Dining Creep Into Fast-Casual

12 months ago

The term "fast-casual" seems loosely defined as fast food steps up its game and full service restaurants become more casual to adapt to changing times. Now, some of the elements that define fine dining are showing up in more casual formats. Lines = blurred.

Design

One Celebrated Designer’s Secrets of Perfect Restaurant Design

12 months ago

A good dining experience at a restaurant may feel seamless, but more often than not, it's because great care has been put into each element of the physical space.

Chains

So Millennials Are Killing Restaurants Again?

1 year ago

Sure, we can blame the millennial generation for all the changes in the restaurant industry, but we should probably look at all of the technological and social changes, too.