Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 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 • 2 9 Best New Prototype Winner Tijuana Flats, Orlando, Fla. Architecture: Architectonics Studio, St. Petersburg, Fla. Designer: Hospitality Design & Development, Austin, Texas Contractor: Merritt Contracting Corporation, Orlando The new Amped Up prototype is a unique version of the chain's Flat Outrageous design. It showcases the chain's Hot Sauce Bar and its colorful wall murals while also bringing in new elements, including a grab- and-go area. To help drive sales, the takeout area was highlighted with illuminated sig- nage. Additionally, traffic flow was delineat- ed via a strategic seating arrangement and a clearly defined queuing area that features square tube railings and banquette seating. Our judges thought the new prototype was "current and trendy," that "they appear to have spent their budget very wisely" and they created a "young, hip approach." Image courtesy of Tijuana Flats Honorable Mention Pizza Hut, Shreveport, La. Concept Design Consultant: Big Red Rooster, Columbus, Ohio Architect of Record: The Dimension Group, Dallas Contractor: Southwestern Services, Fort Worth, Texas Our judges noted the design team capably "overcame some significant challenges" in reimaging the chain's full-service "red roof" design in this new, delivery-based prototype. Image courtesy of Kevin Falconer Honorable Mention Panera Bread, Downers Grove, Ill. Architect/Designer: Aria Group, Oak Park, Ill. Structural Engineer: Eskenazi & Farrell Associates LLC, Chicago General Contractor: Novak Construction Inc., Chicago The judges thought the "aesthetics" and "overall front of house design" was "very strong." Image courtesy of Tony Soluri

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