Shea Links: September

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. 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. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community:

“Food on Fire: The World’s Best Barbecues” – CNN International:
An article on global barbecue trends and traditions featuring our principal, Tanya Spaulding, giving the scoop on Japanese Yakitori

“Here to Stay” – VMSD magazine:
A discussion of inventive pop-up shops and how they help retailers experiment in new locations and bring their brands into focus

“Camp Smile Wins IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition” – Shea:
An announcement that Camp Smile won an award in the IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition—a worldwide design competition honoring the best in healthcare design

“Street Cred” – QSR magazine:
A look at how fast-casuals are taking global street food concepts and bringing them into the American mainstream, with an emphasis on how starting as a food truck can help gauge interest

“The Same, Only Different: Designing a New Union Square Café” – New York Times:
The scoop on how Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group designed and moved one of their most iconic restaurants, and its intended and expected effects

“Sit-Down Chains Like Applebee’s, Chili’s Suffer as Diners Opt for Convenience” – Star Tribune/AP:
A look at how casual sit-down chains are yielding to more convenient forms of eating: grocery-store delis, independent restaurants, fast-casuals, meal-delivery companies, etc.

“Restaurant Reclamation” – restaurant development + design:
Examining the pros and cons of opening a restaurant in a former (failed) restaurant space

“Where in the World to Eat” – Conde Nast Traveler:
A rundown from Conde Nast Traveler’s Food Issue about the world’s must-visit restaurants

“Is There Life After a Liquor License?” – FSR magazine:
How some restaurants are getting past the liquor license fees and hassle by operating successfully as BYOBs

“Two-Day Towns: San Francisco” – Shea:
Our top execs’ top recs for a long weekend in San Francisco