If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That old saying would certainly seem to apply to most business owners who are expanding on a successful brand. But when the owners of Dakota’s Roadhouse looked to open its sixth location in Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University, they felt the brand needed a different look.
Located in a mixed-use development called Stewart Square designed by architect Scott Webb, the restaurant would be part of a mix of retail businesses, student housing, and a hotel.Read More
As the owner of the wildly successful LuLu’s Sunset Grill, Lucy Buffett — an exceptional cook, thoughtful philanthropist, savvy business woman, and Crazy Sista to Jimmy – turned her sights on creating a new establishment that offers a twist on typical Gulf Coast cuisine. The rustic yet refined Lucy B Goode Coastal Café, which overlooks Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Alabama, opened last August to rave reviews.Read More
When the city of Portland approved the consumption of beer on brewery premises back in the 1980s, the floodgates, or perhaps the taps, were opened in this Oregon city. Portland currently holds the title for having the most breweries of any city in the world, but there’s a new taproom on the block that may just give die hard beer drinkers a new taste to savor.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cidery & Taproom opened last summer and is everything we’d expect from a Portland business — focused on local products with an eye towards green production processes. The cidery and taproom were created in an old book bindery in Northeast Portland that had been vacant for years.Read More
One of the best parts about our business is the interaction we have with so many talented professionals such as interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design in St. Petersburg, Florida. Offering her services to clients in Florida, Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and New York, Lisa believes in “liveable glamour” — creating spaces that merge a variety of elements for functional, everyday living. Lisa recently turned her talents to the KELP Sushi Joint in nearby Tampa which opened up in a space previously occupied by a yogurt shop.Read More
After 26 years of serving fine Italian food and wine in downtown Eugene, Oregon, the Ambrosia Restaurant was ready for a face lift. Owner Armen Kevrekian put art directors Elissa Kevrekian and Ray Burnham to the task in collaboration with the folks at Factory North, a branding studio in Portland. Their goal — a new and updated look but one that still fit in with their established historic neighborhood.Read More
This time of year it’s easy to get sidetracked by all of the holiday goodies piled high on party platters, but December is also the month when I crave oysters. An oyster feast on Christmas Eve is a great way to kick off the festivities!
For those of you on the Jersey shore, Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay is a great place to stop in for a dozen or two. Located in Margate, south of Atlantic City, this oyster bar was recently remodeled and the owners opted to replace the boring track lighting with some classic barn pendant lights. And since the restaurant is a member of the Green Restaurant Association, the owners chose the Original™ Warehouse LED Pendant.Read More