A destination in the Midwest for golf vacations, weddings and more, The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wis., revamped its dining spaces to go along with a new lobby, reception area, coffee bar and other upgrades as part of a $4.5 million renovation.
During the design concept phase, Lori Mukoyama, vice president of CallisonRTKL, the design firm that led the restaurant renovation, guided the hotel team in a session to think about the type of mood and emotions they wanted to create using words and materials as their guide. The result is Crafted Americana, a fun, relaxing restaurant with an upscale supper club vibe.
The 2,580-square-foot space was divided into three zones: a small lounge space near the front entrance with built-in bookshelves, sofas and plush chairs; an upscale but relaxed main dining room that overlooks the resort grounds; and a long bar at the back with flat-screen TVs and seating that overlooks the main dining area.
During the day, the windows allow natural light to flow in. At night, large, round chandeliers cast a subtle glow over Eames-inspired chairs; chocolate brown, tufted faux leather high-backed booths; and sleek Corian tabletops. At the bar, Edison bulbs with exposed fixtures cast light over black-and-white tiling for a more casual feel.