High-Tech Hospitality, Mastered

Restaurants are finding great new ways to enhance the guest experience using technology. For some, that means more customer-facing tech tools; for others, it’s all about behind-the-scenes solutions that facilitate exceptional, high-touch service. Such is the case at Single Thread.

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How to: Design for Scalability

Visit Tropical Smoothie Café in Tallahassee, Fla., and you’ll enter a 600-square-foot restaurant. But travel up to Columbus, Ind., and you’ll be in a location measuring 3,000 square feet.

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Trend: Elevated Airport Fare

Air travel may be more cramped and less hospitable than ever, but what passengers have lost in terms of the on-board experience is being more than made up for on the ground. Modern airports are becoming oases where travelers with time to kill can relax and enjoy all manner of goods and services, from massages and manicures to high-tech workstations, wine bars, specialty coffee shops, play parks, art exhibits and even pet patios. And they can dine — oh, can they dine. Along with traditional concessions and familiar restaurant chains, airports are bringing finer dining, often developed by award-winning local and regional chefs, into the mix. Here’s a taste.

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Form + Function: Prepare for Takeout

Operators have several options when making room for takeout within a restaurant’s four walls. They can decide to renovate their existing dining room, or they can open new restaurant locations with ample space built in to accommodate takeout customers. Either way, operators have a host of things to consider when making room for takeout operations.

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Design Market: 5 Must-See Miami Restaurants

Five restaurants you won't want to miss on your next trip to Miami.

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Reader’s Choices: Deborah L. English

Deborah L. English, IIDA, CCID, founder and president, D L English Design in Pasadena, Calif., specializes in designing destinations within places, often dining spaces in grocery stores. Her 40-person firm has completed hundreds of projects for companies such as Whole Foods Market, Irvine Company, Bristol Farms and Soriana in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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