Best Restaurant Design — Check Average Below $50 

Winner: Gatsby, Washington, D.C. 

Owner/Operator: KNEAD Hospitality + Design, Washington, D.C.
Architecture & Interior Design: Designed by KNEAD Hospitality + Design in collaboration with //3877, Washington, D.C.
Lighting Design: Flux Lighting, Baltimore
Contractor: Herman Stewart, Lanham, Md. 


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. 

Operator: Joshua Cade and Patrick Sullivan
Architecture and Engineering: Chester Stempien Associates, Southfield, Mich., in partnership with Food Service Design Consultant Badrak Design Group, Inc., Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 
Interior Design: Danielle Robert-Cade and Homespun Furniture, Riverview, Mich. 
Food Service Equipment Supplier: C&T Design and Equipment Company, Inc., Troy, Mich. 
Millwork Fabrications: BJ Construction Services, Chesterfield, Mich.
Construction: S. Vitale Contracting LLC, Wyandotte, Mich. 


The renovation of a retail space into a sophisticated, relaxing small plates restaurant was an impressive transformation of a small space. 

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