restaurant fast food
Whopper Bar Orlando, Fla.
Photography: Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio
Architecture: PVK Architects, Maitland, Fla.
Design: Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio
Fixtures: Mechanical Metals Inc., Newtown. Pa.
Lighting: Western Extralite, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Materials: Wilsonart International, Temple, Texas
Retailer: Burger King Holdings, Miami
Wall Treatment: Dulux ICI Paints, Cleveland
Wall Treatment: Porcelanosa, Ramsey, N.J.
Wall Treatment: Symmetry Products Group, Lincoln, R.I.
Energizing the Burger King brand and creating
a more sophisticated, hip customer experience,
designers created the Whopper Bar, a smaller restaurant space with theatrical impact. The curved
counter moves the customer through the ordering
process with vertical animated LCD menu boards
that highlight the signature Whopper. The face of
the front counter emulates grill lines and corrugated
metal walls are “scorched” with a red flame texture
to continue the char-grilled burger brand. A dark red
and black color palette and metal finishes carry out
the theme. The Whopper Topper is a visible toppings theater showcasing two tiers of more than
20 toppings and sauces with edge-lit glass panels
carrying the signature flame pattern. Dimensional
metallic letters span across the bold red backdrop
with the company’s logo: “Your Whopper Your Way.”
Dramatic lighting completes the look, highlighting
key brand elements.
restaurant casual dining
Yankee Stadium, Legends
Bronx, New York
Photography: Esto Photographics, Mamaroneck, N. Y.
Supporting the New York Yankees baseball team and new
stadium, this restaurant concept features blue cube vestibules
constructed of laminated glass panels tinted Yankee blue and
bearing a pattern of repeated
team logos that provide a dramatic entry. The logos were
incised in glass, jet-cut in lacquer screens that house internally lit memorabilia vitrines,
and embossed and debossed in
collage panels of stained wood,
leather, and lacquer. All finishes
in the restaurant were custom
made to highlight the Yankee
brand, from custom logo screens,
logoed blue glass, logoed textured lacquer and wood veneer panels, and
custom-colored modular carpets. Specialty lighting highlights key elements
including the blue box entrance, two-story glass staircase, and split-faced
marble-mosaic-finished structural columns.
Architecture: Populous, Kansas
Ceiling: Armstrong Ceilings,
Design: II BY IV Design
Associates Inc., Toronto
Fixtures: millerblaker, Bronx,
Flooring: InterfaceFLOR LLC,
Materials: Architectural Systems
Inc., New York
Materials: Ciot Marble &
Wall Treatment: Metro
Architecture: Petroff Architect, Markham,
Architecture: Zak Ghanim Architect,
Fixtures/Design: Anacleto Design, Toronto
Lighting: Motorware Inc., Toronto
Retailer/General Contracting: Oliver &
Bonacini Cafe Grill, Toronto
Visual Elements: Colourfield Inc., Toronto
Visual Elements: Eventscape Inc.,
Visual Elements: Rudy Kehkla Wire
Wall Treatment: Mettro Source, Toronto
This family restaurant owned by celebrity chef Oliver Bonacini
was designed to appeal to all ages and to give diners a feeling
of being a guest in the chef’s home. A classical portico entrance
creates a focal point, while the freestanding patio appears to
be made of stone slabs during the day and then reveals a playful light pattern at night with back-mounted LED lights. Inside,
various zones each have their own look, such as the black-and-white dining room and the warm, wood bar. Tin panels typically
reserved for ceilings are used vertically on walls for a decorative
element, as are custom graphic panels grouped with images of
fresh vegetables and herbs grown at the owner’s farm.