Restaurant Development & Design

January-February 2017

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3 6 • 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 7 Form + Function Innovation Award Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa Santa Barbara, Calif. OWNER/OPERATOR: Pacific Hospitality Group ARCHITECT: Robinson Hills Architecture, Inc. DESIGNER: Hatch Design Group CONTRACTOR: Tynan Group SQUARE FEET: 9,000, including kitchen, plus 3,100 on patio SEATS: 284 OPENED: July 2016 The project team's goal at Angel Oak was to create an upscale, modern steak and seafood experience that didn't feel "stuffy." In renovating this very large space, the team had to create several dining areas within one large interior footprint and provide better views of the ocean from inside. Our judges felt the solutions to the team's two primary design challenges were exceptional. "It's a striking, modern ap- proach to a steak and seafood restaurant." They liked how the team brought the outside in, noting, "It's very inviting." The use of sheer curtains and decorative screens was "smart" given that it's "a huge restaurant." The creation of more intimate spaces to break up the large footprint garnered praise: "The lack of cohesiveness between dining spaces would normally bother me, but I like it because you get a different experience every time you come back, which is particularly good at a resort" where people may end up frequenting the same place several times during their stay. "Their goal was to create a great flexible space with private dining and market appeal, and I think they did that well." Photography by Marshall Williams OWNER/OPERATOR: Will Thomas & Will Garwood/W2 ARCHITECT: Schaum/Shieh Architects INTERIOR DESIGNER: gindesignsgroup CONTRACTOR: Kuehn Construction Inc. SQUARE FEET: 700 SEATS: 35 OPENED: January 2016 Whether you climb four flights or take the vintage elevator, visiting Raven Tower is an unusual experi- ence. The project's interior designer leaned into the bunker ambience of this Houston landmark that sits atop a concrete pillar four stories above the street and created an intimate midcentury-style bachelor-pad lounge. The judges felt it was "such a cool showcase" and "so unique" that it deserved recognition. Photos courtesy of gindesignsgroup Honorable Mention: &pizza For an overview of its accolades and project team, please see page 35. Honorable Mention: Raven Tower at White Oak Music Hall, Houston the rd+d awards

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