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Inspirational restaurant designs and ideas

Atop the upscale E.P. restaurant sits L.P., a 5,500-square-foot open-air bar. “The rooftop adds a layer of protection for business; it’s a destination people will travel to,” says co-founder and...

Is the front of house disappearing? That’s been the buzzed-about question in the industry of late. Concepts such as Sprig, Maple, Munchery, SpoonRocket and others are popping up around the country...

California Pizza Kitchen turned 30 this year, and the brand that was “all about innovation” back in 1985 had begun to show its age, says CEO G.J. Hart. “We wanted to make it relevant again,...

To keep up with the pace of busy customers, Starbucks rolled out a pared-down, no-frills prototype on Wall Street in late April. The 538-square-foot express-store pilot promises to be “one of the...

In the suburb of Morristown, N.J., a fine-dining restaurant might be busy three nights a week, says Jockey Hollow owner Chris Cannon. “The trend is toward casual dining; it’s taken hold everywhere,”...

Built in a corner spot of the 1920s warehouse turned Atlanta’s Krog Street Market, The Luminary conveys the vibe of a traditional brasserie while still tapping into its food-hall surroundings. “What...

Casual-dining chains are courting millennials with shareable menus, craft cocktails and hip decor. But Plano, Texas-based Romacorp, parent to Tony Roma’s, is taking the courtship a step further with...

As menus have evolved in step with culinary trends, so have the plates on which restaurant food is served. Shareables, smaller portions and bar food call for serving ware to match. Some fine-dining...

captain d's

Concept: Captain D's Location: Nashville, Tenn. Footprint: 2,800 square feet Seating: 84 seats Key features: New grills, a variety of seating including communal tables, Caribbean color scheme,...

edmunds oast

When Scott Shor opened Edmund’s Oast, the farmhouse-style gastropub inspired by hop-drying houses of the 1600s, in Charleston, S.C., last year, he’d planned to eventually add a covered outdoor area...

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