When Jackson Schwartz bought a warehouse building for his blown glass fixture company in Minneapolis, he had more space than he needed. His solution: add a cafe along with a co-working space. This could serve as a gathering spot for the neighborhood as well as for other creative professionals who rent a desk from him.

Crack’d Kitchen & Coffee opened in North Andover, Mass., in March, with the goal of being the first location of several. Justin Alpert, project architect with Phase Zero Design, in Hingham, Mass., worked hard to make this prototype replicable. Here, he discusses how he approached the design and the challenges faced.

Round Table Pizza rolled out a new design in Sacramento, Calif., that upgrades the dine-in experience and supports the chain’s Pizza Royalty branding platform.

Booths at Rotolo’s Craft & Crust

In 1996, Mitchell Rotolo Sr. opened a pizza and beer place on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was in his mid-20s at the time and says the job was a blast. How could it not be?

Sams Anchor Cafe

Located directly on San Francisco bay in Tiburon, Calif., Sam’s Anchor Cafe is a local institution set to celebrate its 100th year in 2020. The operation was recently bought by Tiburon natives James Tate and Conor Flaherty, a pair of first-time restaurateurs who set out to revitalize the restaurant.

Italian QSR Fazoli’s introduced a new restaurant prototype design in its home market of Lexington, Ky., with plans to bring the new look to every location across the country.


The Great Outdoors! It’s become a bigger part of the dining public’s lives over the last decade for good reason. When good weather makes an appearance, thoughts of dining alfresco come to mind. The allure of outdoor dining is shared by restaurant owners looking to take advantage of reduced or free rent on outdoor space. Let’s take a look at five elements of outdoor dining that restaurateurs should consider when developing an outdoor dining space.

Grateful Shed Interior

The Wisconsin Dells is a tourist-friendly area offering family-friendly fun like water parks, roller coasters, go-karting and more. The town is not so friendly to food trucks, though. Regulations have kept food trucks from coming to the tourist destination.

However, a new food hall-style space, Grateful Shed Food Truck Yard, offers residents and visitors of the Dells a food truck-style experience in a 10,000-square-foot space long used by hospitality operations.