Best Full-Service Restaurant Design-Fine Dining
Winner - Eastside, Minneapolis
- Owner/operator: Ryan Burnet
- Architect: Shea, Inc.
- Consultant: Premier Foodservice Design
- Contractor: Zeman Construction Company
- Square feet: 5,300
- Seats: 150
- Opened: September 2015
Both a neighborhood restaurant and a destination, Eastside is an elevated American brasserie located in a multiuse apartment building that required special consideration in sound, plumbing and lighting. Customer flow was a key concern as well, as was balancing the tension of high- and low-energy spaces. In warmer months, glass doors open and the bar flips out to create an outdoor bar and patio area.
For a PDF of Eastside's floor plan click here
The judges felt the design was “innovative and current” and had a progressive, modern ambience. Specifically, the indoor/outdoor element drew praise from the judges. The design’s freshness and seasonal flexibility — “you don’t see a design like that very often” — were standouts with the judges. “It really draws you in.”
Photos by Colleen Eversman, 2nd Truth Photography
Honorable Mention - Porter House Bar and Grill, New York City
- Owner/operator: Related Companies; Chef Michael Lomonaco
- Designer: Jeffrey Beers International
- Contractor: Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp.
- Square feet: 7,800
- Seats: 110
- Opened: April 2016
A sophisticated steakhouse, Porter House received a glamorous overhaul in a process that took just six weeks. The result is a classic steakhouse with a cosmopolitan feel. The judges felt the design “was a classic: warm and well done.” The refreshed steakhouse is “elegant and traditional” but also “modernized” and “laid out nicely.”
For a PDF floor plan of Porter House click here.
Photos by Francesco Tonelli