Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2019

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2 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 • J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 Owner: Burger Boy, San Antonio Architect/Interior Designer: Gensler, Houston General Contractor: Christians Development Co., Inc., Houston MEP: MPW Engineering, Tulsa, Oklahoma Structural Engineer: Wallace Engineering, Tulsa, Oklahoma The original Burger Boy opened in in 1947 in an A-frame building that seated just nine diners. The latest iteration pays tribute to the iconic A-frame design with an 1,800-square-foot jewel-box design. The design also incorporates retro iconography that capitalizes on the concept's longstanding futuristic mid-century elements. The judges noted that the redesign was a "fresh take on an iconic, older brand." They especially liked "the updated architecture" and the increase in seating in the dining room. Owner/Operator: Casa Tua Management in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue Owner Representation/Project Management: Quadra Consulting, Miami Architect: HapstakDemetriou+, Washington, D.C. Foodservice Consultant: Next Step Design, Annapolis, Md. This luxury, European-style food hall features a 30-seat bar that offers 48 different wines by the glass and ten individual food stations that serve Ital- ian and Mediterranean fare. Thanks to its jewel-box-style displays and glass walk-in coolers, the design features unusual transparency and openness for a food hall setting. The judges were wowed by a project that "didn't separate dining from foodservice areas" but managed to have "interesting seating, attention to detail and polished finishes." Additionally, the judges noted the "tables have nice details, which add warmth to what could be a cold space." Ultimately, they declared it "refined and elegant." BEST NEW PROTOTYPE WINNER: Burger Boy, San Antonio FORM + FUNCTION WINNER: Casa Tua Cucina, Miami Images courtesy of Gensler/Dror Baldinger Images courtesy of Carlos Domenech

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