May 1, 2024

Curated by Shea: May

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design and industry news so that you don’t have to – and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world – and we make a few headlines of our own, too.

What If We Subconsciously Love a Noisy Restaurant? – The Wall Street Journal

Too much noise in a restaurant can be a distraction, but too quiet of a restaurant feels low energy. Is there a sweet spot for restaurant ambiance? The Wall Street Journal speaks with restaurateurs and diners to find out.

Bridging the ‘Phygital’ Divide in Restaurant Experiences – QSR Magazine

As part of QSR Magazine’s series on “phygital” experiences in restaurants, they dive into data on diners’ ordering habits for in-store, curbside and delivery takeout. While the article focuses on which type of apps/tech diners are using – restaurant-specific vs. third-party – they also note a general rise in curbside and in-store pickup, important factors to consider as restaurants and their designs evolve.

The Humble Item That’s Become a Restaurant Status Symbol – The New York Times

A restaurant team’s style – whether in full uniform, an apron or following a basic dress code – is a big part of their brand that adds to the overall dining experience. The New York Times highlights one stylish example that seems to be growing in popularity across the country, the chore coat, and what it signals to diners.

Why Fashion Retailers Are Opening Brand Cafés and Restaurants – Forbes

While Forbes’ article may focus on luxury fashion brands, the key takeaways can be applied to any retail brand tapping into new hospitality experiences. Pairing retail with hospitality can bring the brand to life in new ways that go beyond just the product and create meaningful interactions with consumers.

A Country Club’s Casual Dining Complement  –  Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FES Magazine named The Lodge at Interlachen County Club the Facility Design Project of the Month for April, highlighting the space as the casual complement the to more refined clubhouse dining experience. Cori Kuechenmeister, Director of Design at Shea, spoke with FES about the inspirations and goals for the project.

The First MICHELIN Key Hotels: All the Keys in the United States – The MICHELIN Guide

Known for awarding their coveted Stars to top restaurants across the world, the MICHELIN Guide is now venturing into the hotel side of hospitality. The influential guide just released their first list of One, Two, and Three Key hotels in the United States.

Twelve New Members Join Relais & Châteaux – Relais & Châteaux News

Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive group of luxury restaurants and hotels from independent entrepreneurs across the world, announced their new members for 2024. Joining the group are 12 hospitality  businesses, including the Shea-designed Demi. Demi joins as the only independent restaurant this year, as well as the first ever in Minnesota.

The 2024 Restaurant and Chef Award Nominees – The James Beard Foundation

Like MICHELIN and Relais & Châteaux, The James Beard Awards are another big honor in the hospitality industry and they’ve just announced their list of final nominees. We’re proud to see Chef Ann Ahmed named a final nominee in the Best Chef: Midwest category for her restaurant, Khâluna. We partnered with Ann to design Khâluna, as well as her restaurants Lat 14 and Gai Noi, and we’re thrilled to see her receive this recognition. Winners will be announced during the June 10th awards ceremony.

Recent Shea news:

Lindsay Pohlad Announces New Restaurant, Eloise, Coming to Wayzata

New Gray Fox Coffee Location Coming to Dayton’s Project

Student-focused Housing Development Coming to Mankato

Waterbury House Wins MREJ Award for Mixed-Use Urban Project

Pints & Paddle Wins MREJ Award for Interior Design

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