Restaurant Development & Design

MAR-APR 2018.

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1 0 • 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 • M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 BUZZ who's doing what BBQ Is Big Business 15,200+ barbecue restaurants in the United States 2% of menus in the United States have a menu focused on barbecue 13% of barbecue restaurants are chains 75% of barbecue restaurants have been in business for more than two years 55% of barbecue restaurants have been in business more than five years 5 states with the largest share of independent barbecue res- taurants are all in the south: Alabama (23.96%), Arkansas (21.09%), Mississippi (18.92%), Tennessee (18.21%) and Georgia (17.82%) Data courtesy of CHD Expert S hanghai is a city that continues to grow and change at a rapid pace. And while it was just a handful of years ago that the Xintiandi neighborhood was teeming with street food vendors, as the city evolves, some of the old-world charm has been lost to modernity. CallisonRTKL was brought in to design a neighborhood shopping center that would pay tribute to the old community. At the heart of that development is The Food Hall at Hubindao Shopping Center. "In a tight footprint we set out to design a shop-and-dine experience that contin- ues the neighborhood's vibrant, thriving urban life," says Yuwen Peng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate vice president of CallisonRTKL. "We introduced a modern food hall that continues the street food culture of the past. Our goal was to make it feel like the food hall already had a life the first day it opened." The design team made it feel as though the food hall was always there by eschew- ing modern and Western influences. The team placed Shanghai's small street vendors in a space reminiscent of the town's old serpentine alleyways. The design team also captured some elements of the past through eclectic vintage signs, old-world murals, casual seating, and adding quirky local elements throughout like a vendor car, a make- shift bamboo tent structure and amber street lights. "All of the elements stimulate the patron's imagination and bring their sensory memories back to the golden street-eats days while meeting modern food safety stan- dards," says Peng. The Food Hall at Hubindao Shopping Center manages to bridge the gap between today and the past and allows locals and new visitors alike a peek into Shanghai's rich history and food culture. Shanghai Food Hall Captures the Past in a Modern Setting Image courtesy of CallisonRTKL Inc.

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