Design Challenges: When Restaurants Meet Retail

The two dominant trends in retail development — lifestyle centers and mixed-use buildings —present unique challenges for restaurant designers. Lifestyle centers attempt to recreate the village green or Main Street format. Mixed-use buildings tend to…


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…


1 Problem, 3 Solutions: How Do I Get the Most from a Restaurant Designer While Containing Costs

I often hear about design fees and expectations from friends in the restaurant industry. They find a great designer yet have to scale back when costs get too high. Ultimately, the project and brand experience suffer when this happens. Consumers…


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…


1 Problem, 3 Solutions: How Can I Differentiate My Restaurant from the Competition?

With the rise of experience-based dining destinations — those that combine food, beverage, entertainment and new experiences — traditional restaurant venues must now design to compete with a variety of choices. It takes three things to…


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…


1 Problem, 3 Solutions: The Rise of Off-Premises Dining

What can I do to prepare my restaurant for takeout and delivery orders? There are several things operators can do to prepare their dining room and kitchens for takeout and delivery orders, and we are getting this question a lot more as these…


1 problem, 3 solutions: How Can I Design my Restaurant to Prevent Health Safety Issues?

We see it all too often in the restaurant industry: well-known, high-quality establishments go down because of health safety outbreaks. In a recent study done by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, researchers found that a single…


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1 problem, 3 solutions: remodels and lease requirements

How do I coordinate remodels or refreshes with lease requirements? We’re often asked about remodeling strategies and when is the “right” time to refresh a restaurant. Most leases have defined requirements around refreshes and renovations. So, the…


Zoe's Kitchen Restaurant Brand

how to connect people to your restaurant brand

be remarkable. A truly noteworthy restaurant is one that captivates people and makes them feel connected to the brand. But with extensive competition in the industry, how can you facilitate this desired connection with your customers? From our…