At the Table with Nathan Andrew, Designer of Pounds and Ounces, Zaxby’s New Prototype and More

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May 28, 2015

Pounds & Ounces Interior

At the Table with Nathan Andrew, Designer, Pounds & Ounces, New York

When Nathan Andrew of New York-based The Department of Interiors took on the job of converting an existing restaurant and bar space into the comfortably stylish Pounds & Ounces, he and owner Etai Cinader knew a large communal table had to be part of the plan. The restaurant, after all, would be a neighborhood gathering spot and its large storefront windows were ideal for showcasing the table and the energy within the restaurant. But he was insistent that the table be unique — no reclaimed wood, no filament bulbs hanging overhead. What he ended up with is a distinctive design feature that, like the rest of Pounds & Ounces’ interior, creatively marries retro and modern. He recently shared the backstory of the 26-foot, 40-seat illuminated work of art.

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Ted’s Montana Grill has been awarded LEED Gold certification under the LEED for Interior Design and Construction: Retail rating system for its Alpharetta, Ga., restaurant, which opened in October 2014. This is the chain’s first restaurant to be LEED-certified.


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Zaxby’s Hatches New Retro Farmhouse Design Prototype

Zaxby's new design

Georgia-based fast-casual chicken phenomenon Zaxby’s will get a new look, just in time for its 25th anniversary this year. Operating as a big company with a small-company culture, the primarily franchised concept has seen rapid growth and expansion in the past two decades, but the last two years have been particularly productive.

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