Restaurant Design

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.


The Tang Palace Restaurant: Weaving Tradition and Modernity Together

Posted on May 2, 2011

We are always on the look out for projects that engage the imagination through their design and architecture. This can mean integrating state-of-the-art technology or it can be a simple, ...

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Electrolux Cube Restaurant Pops Up on Brussels Monument

Posted on April 22, 2011

Here on, we recently featured the temporary music pavilion in Salzburg, Austria. Today’s feature is of a similar transient nature. The Swedish appliance manufacture Electrolux just unveiled a mobile restaurant ...

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San Francisco’s Farallon Restaurant – Underwater For 14 Years

Posted on April 21, 2011

San Francisco's Farallon Restaurant is known as the restaurant that has been underwater since it opened in 1997. No, it's not literally submerged in the San Francisco Bay, but it's innovative ...

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Dine in The Eye of the Storm At Kiev’s Twister

Posted on April 19, 2011

When we first heard about this new restaurant named after tornadoes, we imagined a chaotic and over-the-top design. However, the design team that created Twister, Ukrainian architects Sergey Makhno and ...

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New York’s Luminescent Lounge: The Cienna Ultralounge

Posted on April 18, 2011

What is better than sinking deep into a well-loved armchair at the end of a long working day? The Cienna Restaurant in Astoria, Queens set out to capture that powerful ...

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China’s Toilet-Themed Restaurant Trend

Posted on April 4, 2011

A strange and disturbing new craze is gripping the Far East; bathroom themed restaurants. Nowadays, when someone in China tells you they “have to go,” they might just be suggesting ...

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Origami-Inspired Sushi Restaurant Opens in Shanghai

Posted on February 14, 2011

Haiku by Hatsune, the latest branch of the ever-innovative Haiku Restaurant Group is located in the open courtyard of the very recently completed Shanghai International Finance Center. The restaurant has ...

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The Alpine Themed Restaurant Rated One of America’s Best

Posted on December 23, 2010

Themed venues can come in all shapes and sizes; for the subtly themed Grüner Restaurant in Portland, Oregon that can even mean being one of America's best restaurants. Chef Chris ...

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The Chinese Restaurant with Robot Waiters

Posted on December 16, 2010

Themed restaurants offer a huge range of dining experiences, covering everything from 1950s-era diners to medieval banquet halls. However, a restaurant has recently opened in China that goes to great ...

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The Hard Rock Café Opens On Hollywood Boulevard

Posted on December 8, 2010

On October 21, 2010, Hard Rock Café opened the doors to its Hollywood Boulevard restaurant in Hollywood, California. Its new location is next to the Kodak Theater, close to Grauman’s ...

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