Steve selected and serves as a 2019 RD&D Award Judge

The third annual rd+d awards celebrate our readers’ accomplishments. rd+d strives to be a reader-driven resource, shining the spotlight on best-in-class projects and case studies. The awards highlight and celebrate excellence in the restaurant…


Where Shall We Meet?

Restaurant Development + Design publisher Maureen Slocum addresses the heart and soul behind designing for  restaurants, alluding to Steve's appearance at the Foodservice Equipment & Deisgn Global Thought Leadership Summit.  Read the full RD+D…


Editor's Letter: Knowing Me, Knowing You

It was a unique event that brought readers of this publication together with readers from our sister publication, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, for two days of TED Talks-style presentations, networking and conversation. The original content…


Designing for a Decreasing Footprint - WEBCAST

Steve joined other industry professionals to talk about maximizing space in minimalist settings for a Restaurant Development + Design webcast. Read more about the panel and watch the recorded webcast here.  


Firebirds Energizes with a New Design

The old-school steakhouse has its place. Plenty of occasions call for a more formal experience, something that features the old-school sophistication of low lighting, rich woods and white tablecloths. Elevated still has its place in an increasingly…


How a Multi-Sensory Retail Experience Can Boost Brand Awareness and Sales

While there are many ways to create a multi-sensory experience, Steve Starr of the architecture and design firm Starr Design notes that sound, along with smell and touch, are particularly important for retail stores. The original content of this…


Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Editor in Chief Rebecca Kilbreath talks about the national recognition that rd+d earned by partnering with starrdesign and the value that comes from reader-driven content. Read full restaurant development + design article here.  


Labor Pains

With starting wages rising to between $9 and $12 per hour in many states, and as much as $15 per hour in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, the cost to produce your menu keeps getting more expensive. Twenty-nine states have set higher minimum…


5 reasons why mall shopping is good for your health

Steve weighs in on one of the five ways shopping in a physical retail environment can help lead to a healthier lifestyle for a post in the Daily Herald.


Firebirds Imagines the Modern Steakhouse

While plenty of restaurant concepts are reworking their businesses to appeal to these younger guests, the Millennial mindset poses a particular challenge to the traditional steakhouse. With its low lighting, its reserved atmosphere and a dining…


Modern Restaurant Management

TouchBistro Teams with WePay and Tuition-Free Hospitality Academy Launches

This edition of MRM's Daily Bite features TouchBistro, Ordermark, Kitchen United, Taco Mac, Verifone and Paysafe, starrdesign, Bridg, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Last Word Hospitality.Find out more about the…


ChopShop Gets It Right

When private equity firm Hargett Hunter Capital Partners, Raleigh, N.C., purchased in 2016 the Original ChopShop, an approachable, natural food restaurant with three units in the Phoenix area and a nearly cult following, it had big plans: to take…