Delicious food and an attentive wait staff are part of what make a restaurant experience great, but if you're visiting a themed eating establishment or bar, the concept takes center stage. The theme will influence the architecture, food, music, and ambience of the restaurant or bar, transporting you out of the everyday, perhaps into another time period or part of the world. David Tallichet, a Texan entrepreneur, has been called the father of the themed restaurant; in the 1960's, he began decorating Southern California restaurants as Polynesian islands, New England fishing villages and French farmhouses. Since then, period bars, medieval banquets and futuristic eateries have been popular in the U.S. and across the world.
Posted on October 21, 2015
No themed bar evokes a cooler image than a speakeasy, those respites from Prohibition where high-spirited bootleggers sold their wares. In the 1920s, a puritanical wave crossed the U.S. which ...
Posted on June 18, 2015
What do you look for when you’re thinking about themed dining experiences?
The themed dining category covers multiple frontiers: spaces designed to evoke a certain movie world, menus built around a ...
Posted on March 12, 2015
One of the biggest struggles that theme parks face is how to integrate retail and dining with their carefully thought out attractions and live shows in a way that enhances ...
Posted on June 18, 2014
Food trucks are a trend that have been sweeping parts of the US, such as Austin and the Bay Area, for the last several years. The beloved “roach coach” of ...
Posted on May 6, 2014
Beginning next month, Ibiza, Spain will play host to the most expensive restaurant in the world – and one of the smallest in terms of customer capacity. Culinary virtuoso Paco ...
Posted on January 7, 2014
Today we visit both coasts to talk about food-based attractions and how eats and treats are transforming hospitality in Tampa and faster food in San Francisco. See how the Epicurean ...
Posted on January 2, 2014
Just before Christmas, The Writing Room opened on the Upper East Side with impressive shoes to fill. The recently launched eatery occupies the same space as the legendary Elaine’s – ...
Posted on December 23, 2013
What happens when you combine a pop-up restaurant and high-tech gadgets with an immersive theater event? Some lucky residents of London found out in early December. The MI1020 experience was ...
Posted on November 29, 2013
Typically when you dine out, you hope it’s not a crappy experience. But a new theme restaurant in LA is gambling that diners will turn up in droves hoping for ...
Posted on November 6, 2013
Dogfish Head Alehouse is a brewery with a playful design sensibility which reflects the comfy ambiance of their pubs and the fun of their namesake Delaware brewery. The new rolling ...