Best New Prototype

Winner: Jonathan’s The Rub, Houston

  • Architect: Gensler, Houston
  • General Contractor: Texana Builders, Houston
  • Mechanical Engineering: Dabney Commercial Engineering, Houston

After a decade serving up steak and other specialties in Hedwig Village, Texas, the team behind Jonathan’s The Rub decided to open a second location with more modern features. Maintaining the family-oriented feel of the original, the new design offers up seven different spaces within one restaurant — replicating the feel of traditional residential spaces like the foyer, kitchen, living room, sunroom, den, library and porch. The judges felt the team met its goals, saying “they executed in such a clean way” and “they make it feel old and homey and the design is still appealing.” The judges also noted that they “liked the use of zones” and thought the project had a “very effective use of elevated finishes.”

Images courtesy of Peter Molick

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