Best Restaurant Design — Check Average Below $50
Winner: Gatsby, Washington, D.C.
A reimagined diner concept that spans 9,000 square feet across three floors, Gatsby manages to offer a casual take on art deco and a space that is fit for both pre- and post-ballgame visits as it’s located opposite Nationals Park. The kitchen, located on the second floor, proved the most challenging aspect of the design, but the judges noted that the back-of-house staircase was a solid solution in a great multistory space.
Honorable Mention: Best Restaurant Design — Check Average Below $50
Honorable Mention: The Iron Gate, Wyandotte, Mich.
The renovation of a retail space into a sophisticated, relaxing small plates restaurant was an impressive transformation of a small space.