Restaurant Development & Design

September-October 2017

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8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 BUZZ Located just steps from the Boston Landing commuter rail station, Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar is a new full-service establishment that offers a mix of classic and modern New England cuisine. Rail Stop is the latest offering from Beauport Hospitality Group, who pulled together the team of Beacon Architectural Associates, Windover Construction and interior designer Peter Niemitz to create a project from the ground up that has an am- biance that is as much of a mix of classic and modern New England as its menu. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant seats 219 guests in its main dining room, 60 outside, 30 at the bar, and 30 in its private dining and bar area. Rail Stop's interior features custom high-end vintage finishes that pay hom- age to the 20th-century railroad boxcars that once chugged through Boston. Rail Stop is the first restaurant to open at Boston Landing, a 14-acre mixed-use development that will be home to office, retail, restaurants and residential units as well as serve as the practice and training facilities for the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. New Boston Restaurant Takes Design Cues from Trains of the Past who's doing what Restaurant Unit Counts 700,700 restaurants in the U.S. as of March 2017 3% increase in restaurants overall from 2016 to 2017 5% increase in independent restaurants from 2016 to 2017 (independents are defined as restaurants with less than 10 units in operation); indies netted 24,000 new locations overall 37 states saw positive restaurant unit growth since 2016 11 states had a decrease in total restaurants in operation since 2016, led by West Virginia, which shrank 2%; Alaska and Maine were the only other states that had a net loss greater than 1% 4,400+ units added in the bars and grills segment, the strongest growth by segment Source: CHD's 2017 Restaurant Unit Report Photos by Peter Vanderwarker

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