Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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With the trend to bring local flavor to airports in full swing, HMSHost recently debuted Bourbon Academy Tasting Room at Louisville International Airport in Kentucky. Located on the second floor of the main rotunda of the airport, the space previously housed a private club and smoking area where no food was prepared. It was hard to find. "We completely gutted the space and created a new, larger bar as well as a kitchen," says Lisa Kennedy, director of design and construction for Wisconsin's Manna, Inc., the project's architect, interior designer and construction management firm. A kiosk was added to the first floor to highlight the new menu and food offer- ings and to draw attention to the new restaurant. Seating has been extended to the edge of a glass rail that overlooks the rotunda. "The inspiration behind the concept was to not only serve bourbon to patrons but to educate visitors about bourbon and the heritage of Kentucky," says Kennedy. The entrance area fea- tures a bourbon education wall where guests can read articles and see artifacts collected from Kentucky distilleries. The new 2,585-square-foot space seats 95. A variety of seating options provides visual interest with two-tops, four-tops, bar-height tables and eight seats at the bar itself. Other key design elements include a barn door closure to the kitchen and, most notably, a woven bourbon stave wall. The wall — made of wood from bourbon barrels — provides the au- thentic aroma of bourbon and drives the concept's theme home. explore our collections at emuamericas llc 800.726.0368 it's in to be out ® 60 years of manufacturing experience in outdoor furniture. "Made in Italy" at its best. ® Louisville Airport's Bourbon Academy Educates Imbibers Photo courtesy of Jolea Brown – Creative Photography LLC

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