The rd+d awards honor professionals doing great work in restaurant development and design, of course, but they also allow us to get closer to our readers, hear their stories and learn about the projects that make them proud.

Awed by the great response and array of projects submitted, we pulled together a team of judges that spent an entire day poring over submissions, taking notes, asking questions, advocating for their favorites and sometimes changing each other’s minds. Projects were scored from submission criteria and informed by the judges’ knowledge and experience.

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to submit projects for consideration.

And a huge thanks for our panel of judges:

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