Restaurant Development & Design

January-February 2017

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Honorable Mention Best Limited- Service Restaurant Design: &pizza For an overview of its accolades and project team, please see page 35. OWNER/OPERATOR: Garces Group ARCHITECT: CORE CONTRACTOR: CVMNEXT Construction CONSULTANT: Feustel Foodservice Design SQUARE FEET: 2,300 SEATS: 42 OPENED: March 2015 James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Jose Garces' Baja-inspired taqueria provides a fresh take on fast casual, with both a point-of-sale counter and a bar located in a multifamily building that targets Millennial customers and their young families. The marriage of design and concept garnered praise from the judges: "There is no ambiguity in what they offer." The design clues the patron in immediately. "I knew it was tacos or seafood on the first look, and I thought that was really successfully executed." The use of color and materials enhanced that impression for the judges. The separation between the food queue and the bar space "makes if feel like two different areas, which is good." The "young and fresh" fast-casual design is "something we don't see a lot." It was the "best overall design concept and execution. It was cohesive." Photography by Michael Moran Best New Concept Launch & Best Limited-Service Restaurant Design Buena Onda, Philadelphia J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • 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 • 3 7 Honorable Mention Best Limited-Service Restaurant Design: Shake Shack, Phoenix OWNER/OPERATOR: Shake Shack ARCHITECT: Aria Group Architects, Inc. CONTRACTOR: Hardison/Downey Construction, Inc. SQUARE FEET: 3,422 SEATS: 170 OPENED: March 2016 A renovation of a 1960s-era shopping center resulted in a modern Shake Shack location that also preserved the bones of the original building. Our judges liked how the design team utilized the existing space and brought back the boardwalk feeling, noting that this project is "a very successful rollout of the concept." Photo by Michael Duerinckx

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