Best Full-Service Restaurant Design Over $50

Open to all full-service restaurants with a check average of more than $50; awarded to the best overall design concept and execution; open to both new builds and renovations

Entry requirements:

  • Only projects completed between April 1, 2022, and September 1, 2023, are eligible.
  • All entries must be submitted in a single PDF file that does not exceed 28 pages.
  • Entries must include a final, approved floor plan and photos of the completed restaurant.
  • It is recommended that entries include a copy of the menu.
  • It is recommended that renovations include before and after photos.

Every entry must include the following on the first page:

  • Name of project and name of operator/owner company:
  • Project location (city, state):
  • New build or renovation:
  • Opening date or renovation completion date:
  • Real estate type (end cap, freestanding, inline, airport, etc.):
  • Unit size (square footage) and number of seats:
  • Brief description of concept and menu style:
  • Average check:
  • Project budget:
  • Project team (include members from the operator company, architects, designers, contractor and other relevant parties):

All entries must touch on the following project details (please address the questions below in 750 words or less; you may use photos between text to illustrate points):

  • Outline the project’s goals, how the final design addressed them and any unique design features.
  • What were some of the design challenges and how did the project team address them?
  • Discuss design strategies used to address typical restaurant concerns, such as the layout, wayfinding, and the flow of traffic in and out of the dining room and kitchen.
  • What were the green or sustainable features of the process and the design, if applicable?
  • Why does this project represent the best of the best in design and in its category?

EXTENDED deadline for submission is Friday, October 20, 2023.

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