A restaurant’s audiovisual system’s ability to influence the dining atmosphere is undoubtedly a powerful factor. “AV systems are no longer thought of as vanity now but as a necessity,” says Casey Johnston, founder and lead designer of Serious Audio Video Inc. Proactive and upfront planning and coordination of the AV system is critical.
New Orleans’ La Thai restaurant’s redesign was led by Chef-Partner Diana Chauvin Gallé and interior designer Curtis Herring. Gallé took over the space in 2008 but made only modest changes. The redesign freshened the aesthetic and gave Gallé the opportunity to reconsider elements of the space.
Picking a color for your restaurant or branding materials? The one thing that should not drive your decision is your own opinion, be it your love for lavender or your partner’s longtime loathing for orange — so says color expert Leatrice Eiseman, author of nine books on color and consultant to a diverse array of designers and corporations on applying science and psychology to color selection. As executive director of the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute, Eiseman also helps lead the team that selects the Pantone Color of the Year, which for 2017 is Greenery 15-0343, a “refreshing and revitalizing shade that is symbolic of new beginnings.”
Healthy fast-casual chain UFood Grill entered the Maryland market with a 42-seat, 2,000-square-foot location in Owings Mills. It is the 18th unit for the chain and its first stand-alone location.