Reader's Choices: Stephen Francis Jones

Stephen Francis Jones served as in-house architect for the Wolfgang Puck Food Company before launching his firm, SFJones Architects, in 1996. He has designed restaurants, hotels and spas all around the world: Spago and MB Post in California, the retro chain Lucky Strike Lanes, Java House franchises in Kenya, and many others.

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Q&A with Won Fun and 2Fun Chinese Founder Austin Baker

From the proprietor behind the successful Bar Marta in Chicago comes a new venture in the city’s food-centric West Loop. Won Fun is the ground-floor modern Sichuan restaurant that seats 60 people, and 2Fun Chinese is the lively upstairs lounge that seats 140 customers and offers dim sum, snacks and a DJ booth, complete with karaoke on Tuesdays. The concepts reside in a 100-year-old warehouse once home to a deli and grocery company.

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Form + Function: AV Systems Integration

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.

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NOLA’s Decadent Thai Restaurant

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.

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Terzo Piano Reopens with New Design at Art Institute of Chicago

Terzo Piano, a restaurant at the Art Institute of Chicago, called on its original interior architect, Dirk Denison, to lead its recent renovation.

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A Fresh Take on Color

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.”

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