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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Feature Insights: Patrick Lee, Grafton Group

Patrick Lee Discusses Park Restaurant & Bar. For a complete profile on Park Restaurant & Bar click here

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The Great Outdoors

From sidewalk cafés to posh patios, well-designed, carefully maintained al fresco dining spaces benefit operators and guests alike.

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Put the Customer Experience First

Would your spouse believe that you've changed simply because you drop a couple of hundred dollars on some expensive new denim and a designer jacket? (Well, my wife tells me that she expects more.) The trades are filled with stories of restaurants reimaging and redesigning their stores, often including quotes from the CEO or CMO about building the brand. Without question, a store's appearance is an essential component of a brand and keeping the brand relevant to customers. However, many redesign efforts result in limited, short-term impact because, like the new denim and jacket, they're only cosmetic changes.

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