Quick, creative makeover yields a fresh look for a hot new chef-driven restaurant

The Gettys Group, a global hospitality design firm, knows a thing or two about adaptive reuse. Here, Jackson Thilenius, senior design director for PULSE by Gettys, provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Gettys approaches adaptive reuse projects.He also offers his expertise on how to identify whether a location is ripe for an adaptive reuse project and how to celebrate and honor the original architecture of each building. Such is the case with past projects reimagined by The Gettys Group, including everything from the Hotel RL in Baltimore to Ormsby’s Speakeasy bar in Atlanta.

There’s plenty to do and see in Los Angeles, the city of bright lights, Hollywood stars and an exciting dining scene. This diverse metropolis includes many eclectic neighborhoods with distinct personalities. Here you’ll find a laid-back vibe, a vibrant art scene, trendsetting design and internationally influenced cuisine. The following represent but a few design-forward, distinctly L.A. restaurants.

This fast-casual chain’s new prototype emphasizes the concept’s food-driven approach while addressing operational concerns.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. opened a completely redesigned concept store in its hometown of Dallas, with plans to roll out the new look nationwide to all future locations. Many existing Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations will also be retrofitted with aspects of the new model.

As founder and chief executive officer of The McBride Company, a creative concept and design firm, Pat McBride has guided the firm over the past 30 years serving clients in the hospitality and leisure industries.

Fast-casual Italian chain Fazoli's has opened its fifth c-store location. The chain's latest c-store operation is part of a Kwik Stop in Dubuque, Iowa. The chain already has c-store locations in Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. An additional location is under construction in central Indiana.

Farmheads, the growing hospitality collective responsible for hyper-local, farm-fare concepts Farmhouse Chicago and Farmhouse Evanston, opened Farm Bar, a "little sister" concept in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.