What has historically been Denny's Corporation's highest volume company-owned restaurant is back in business following a nearly year-long design refresh.

Housed in a 1906 building that originally served as a horse stable, Chef Gavin Kaysen's new Spoon and Stable restaurant in Minneapolis honors both the building's past and the chef's personal collection of spoons.

Chicago-based multiconcept restaurant company Mercadito Hospitality celebrated the opening of one of its newest concepts, Tippling Hall, in the city's River North neighborhood in October.

Washington, D.C.-based multiconcept operator Clover Restaurant Group has opened its fifth Café Deluxe unit in the D.C. metropolitan area, and its first in a hotel property.

Flooring can be the least exciting part of the restaurant design process, but it’s ultimately the element that everyone — from customers to staff to vendors — interacts with most. It has a significant impact on people’s ability to safely and successfully navigate the space, and also plays a big role in helping create a restaurant’s ambiance.

Wine displays are “a visual destination that let the story of the dining experience unfold.” So says Tom Davis, restaurant design expert who heads up the Denver office of Davis Wince, a Columbus, Ohio-based architecture firm. 

Originally conceived as a temporary collaboration with the Foundation for the National Archives’ “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit in Washington, D.C., America Eats Tavern now has a permanent home. Created by multiconcept operators chef José Andrés and Rob Wilder of ThinkFoodGroup, the restaurant opened in June at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the D.C. suburb of Tysons Corner, Va., a fitting locale for an upmarket concept celebrating Americana in fresh, sophisticated ways.

Larry Singleton, Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store operates more than 630 units in 42 states, each of which has 900 to 1,000 original artifacts — from old advertisements and signs to toys, tools and framed photographs — included in its décor package. Like his parents did before him, Larry Singleton manages every step of Cracker Barrel’s décor sourcing, warehousing, restoration and installation process.