Bright, Airy Look for Hooters

In late spring, Hooters of America LLC unveiled a new prototype that will be the model for all new-build locations and influence refreshes and remodels at existing units. The new prototype, introduced at a 6,300-square-foot Hooters in Slidell, La., has a clean, bright interior with expansive windows, high ceilings and lots of open space. The bar is a central feature and zones provide a variety of seating heights and styles.

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Perkins Gets a Fresh Look

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery kicked off a remodeling initiative that was on track to be seeded in more than 20 corporate locations during the first half of 2013, with franchise restaurants to follow shortly thereafter. Developed by Louis+Partners Design, the remodel is the culmination of extensive research conducted across the country and includes both exterior and interior elements.

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Communal Tables Catch on as a Flexible Seating Option

Many Americans are losing their inhibitions, at least when it comes to choosing to sit down and dine next to strangers. Communal tables are fast becoming familiar features in concepts that range from the hip and trendy indies that introduced them more than a decade ago, to fast-casual upstarts and the biggest of QSRs.

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Chinese Festivals Inspire Panda Inn Redesign

The full-service, 175-seat Panda Inn restaurant in Ontario, Calif., has been reimaged with a dramatic, contemporary design. The 7,500-square-foot freestanding space, 1 of 6 Panda Inn locations in Southern California, features distinct dining rooms and a long central corridor that San Francisco-based design firm Tesser transformed into visual depictions of Chinese festival celebrations.

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PARK Restaurant & Bar

A disjointed, subterranean space in a Harvard Square parking garage is transformed into a classic, comfortable neighborhood hot spot.

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Design Insights: Peter Niemitz, Niemitz Design Group

Design Insights on PARK Restaurant & Bar. For a complete profile click here

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