Steel & Rye Taps Historic Mill Influences, Planet Hollywood Sees Stars and more

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March 12, 2015

Steel & Rye Interior

Steel & Rye Taps Historic Mill Influences

Paying homage to the former auto dealership and ambulance garage that once occupied the space, designers for Steel & Rye in Milton, Mass., blended existing industrial and historical accents with newly minted blonde wood and innovative fixtures using salvaged building materials.


How To: Hire a Designer

Hiring an outside designer for a new restaurant or renovation project is like a job interview and a date rolled into one. Past experience and expertise are paramount, but so are vision and overall chemistry between the hiring restaurant and the designer.

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Restaurant Development Report

Restaurant chains making development news include Church’s Chicken, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and GRILLiT. And Romano’s Macaroni Grill gets a new owner.


Melting Pot Celebrates Anniversary with Franchise Fee Discount

In celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is offering a 40 percent discount off the first-restaurant franchisee fee to new domestic and international franchisees. The deal is being offered through the end of this year.


Joe Puskas

Mural Master: A Conversation with Firehouse Subs’ Chief Mural Artist

While distinctive wall murals seem to be en vogue in many new and refreshed restaurants, they have long been an iconic part of Firehouse Subs’ décor package. With the exception of a few that lack wall space, every unit in the chain’s system sports a custom-designed, hand-painted mural. And every one of those murals has been created by Joe “Art Brush” Puskas, who heads up the chain’s in-house art department. Puskas shares the backstory of the murals, which now number more than 850.


Miss Ricky’s Debuts in Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago, located in the landmark Old Dearborn Bank Building, has opened the doors to its newest restaurant, Miss Ricky’s, a fresh take on the American diner with a touch of British cheekiness. The company says the restaurant’s name is a nod to the nickname given to Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, by his mother, as well as his jokingly dressing in women’s clothing on occasion.


Plant Hollywood Orlando Flagship Seeing New Stars

Planet Hollywood Concept

Planet Hollywood, whose casual theme celebrates the entertainment industry, is transforming its Orlando flagship location into a four-story stargazing observatory. Set to open in spring 2016, the reimagined Planet Hollywood Observatory will overlook the heart of Downtown Disney, where guests can “dine amongst the stars” and enjoy a refreshed menu, outdoor bar and lounge options, a new merchandise line and all-star celebrity partnerships.

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