Starrdesign, the nationally recognized restaurant architecture & design firm, is growing again. 

starrdesign has announced two new hires, Fredwin Molina and David Harrill, June. After a challenging year for the restaurant industry, starrdesign President, Steve Starr, is optimistic about a new golden age for restaurants and is building his team…


The Main Course Podcast

[Podcast] The Main Course: How to Build a Holistic Restaurant Concept and Brand

Listen to Steve Starr in The Main Course Podcast with Barbara Castiglia. While the food and beverage portion of a meal is the main focus, restaurateurs also develop other aspects of the business to create a unique experience. Service is one. The…


Foodservice Equipment Reports: Dedicated order pickup areas help separate off-premise and dine-in business.

Steve Starr, chief/president of Starr Design,  recommends operators create a dedicated order pickup station. It’s worth the investment. After the pandemic, he says, off-premise orders will make up 20%-30% of business, up from 10%-15% pre-pandemic.…


Love at First Bite: Quick-Service Concept Hiya Taco Powered by Back-of-House Cook-Chill System

Foodservice Equipment Report (FER) highlighted how starrdesign helped create the new fast-casual restaurant design for Hiya Taco just outside of Milwaukee.  While most traditional taco concepts use a scoop & serve method to meet speed…


Steve Starr FER Interview - 7 Key Aspects of the New Kitchen

As we reflect on 2020, we can all agree that this year brought several challenges and required learning new adaptation skills previously unthinkable, especially for the restaurant & foodservice industry. Many focused on the changes required in…


Restaurant Development and Design

Designers Dish 2020!

Ever wish you could pull up a chair with a few crack restaurant designers over cocktails to chew the fat about what's in, what's out, what inspires them, how they handle tough client issues and what they see coming around the bend? Steve joins other…


starrdesign named Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation for 2019

The designation was given by The National Association for Business Resources and honors 540 businesses across the U.S. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 12, 2020) — The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has named starrdesign as one of the Best…


Modern Restaurant Management

Decade of Disruption: Restaurant Insiders Dish What’s on the Plate

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry movers and shakers: "What do you feel is going to cause disruption in the restaurant industry over the next decade?" Their answers touched on a variety of subjects including AI,…


Mind Over Budget: Tricks and Tips for Keeping Costs Under Control

When it comes to keeping costs under control, there are several measures restaurant operators can take to ensure projects stay on task and on budget. In terms of construction, architecture and interior design, the way forward isn’t to cut corners.…


StarrDesign, Brain Storm Shelter Restaurants partner to Launch Entertainment Complexes

Design firm assists Brainstorm Shelter Restaurants in clarifying and enhancing the Twisted Root and Truck Yard brands to increase value and make them more scalable. Charlotte, NC (Restaurant News Release) starrdesign, the design and architecture…


Will you let tech build or block customer connection?

Veteran restaurant designer and consultant, Steve Starr, brought a lot of heavyweight design experience to his talk recently at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, including his Charlotte, North Carolina agency's experience plotting out…


Pronto by Giada Offers the Feel of its Namesake

Giada De Laurentiis is among a number of celebrity chefs and Food Network personalities to move into the fast-casual restaurant sector. Pronto by Giada opened at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas last year. Interior design on the project was handled by…