Restaurant Architecture

Shea excels at creating restaurant architecture, including building renovations, redesigns, reimaginations, historic renovations, and ground-up building design. Our clients include the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, Interlachen Country Club, Disney, Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket, Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable, Bellecour, and Demi, Surly Brewing, Schwan’s, and many more over the firm’s more than 40-year history designing and building spaces across the country that meet our clients’ aesthetic and financial goals. With architects able to work in every state as well as internationally, Shea has the ability to create ground-up, standalone, and in-line restaurants, as well as prototypes for national and international rollout.

  • Shea uses multiple architectural points to create restaurant spaces that are energetic and compelling.

  • Our team’s experience spans a wide range, from designing chef-driven restaurants in historic spaces to prototypes poised for expansion.

  • We’re a design firm that works for you—determining how to best connect with diners through a space and ultimately setting our clients up for long-term business success.

Our Restaurant Architectural Experience is Unmatched

Shea was founded as an architectural-design firm in 1978 and created its first restaurant design just two years later. The team has spent decades building relationships with top restaurateurs and brands around the country, creating everything from ground-up restaurants to original and reimagined prototypes for multiple locations. Our architectural team excels at creating spaces that meet all of a client’s needs, from function to budget, and partners with contractors and subcontractors who are also at the top of their field. We know how to build an environment that not only catches the diner’s eye but is a place where people really want to spend time and have a full experience.

The Shea Way

Shea creates total, all-encompassing experiences in every space that we design. Our design philosophy is to hit on every sense, every touchpoint, every feeling to give clients and diners what they can’t find anywhere else, while taking architectural parameters, codes, and ordinances into account. We design for you—to reflect your vision, your vibe, your passion—with the understanding and skill to back up every choice, and ability to guide clients through the entirety of the restaurant architecture process.

Integrated Services


Interior Design

Design audits, strategic/concept design, space planning, selection of all materials, furniture, and fixtures, and 3D design development



Architectural documentation, construction administration and project management, carrying registration in over 40 states


Brand Development

Naming, positioning and concept/identity development for new brands. Brand audits, assessments, and refresh work for existing brands


Graphic Design

Logo design, full brand identity systems, signage and environmental graphics, concept presentations, and marketing materials



Signage production, fabrication, and installation. Procurement of feature elements from signage to custom fixtures and furniture



We travel! Our firm is passionate about constantly exploring, observing, and learning from our world, and we use those experiences to innovate every day. Just check our Travel section for the proof.

We create experiences. Contact us to talk about your next restaurant project.