American Idols: Tiki Bars

The tiki phenomenon first took root in the United States in the 1930s with the opening of the legendary Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s restaurants in California. By mid century, Polynesian pop culture permeated America — in restaurants, home decor, art and fashion — thanks to a confluence of influences that included GIs returning from the Pacific Theater; the Kon-Tiki expedition; and the best-selling book, musical and movie “South Pacific.” Elaborately designed tiki dens of yore offered an escape into an exotic tropical paradise.

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Flooring

Choosing the right one makes all the difference.

Flooring may or may not be the flashiest aspect of a restaurant’s design, but it is critical to get it right regardless. The right floors not only set the tone but provide functionality and safety.

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BLVD Glows with Golden-Age Glamour

Opening a new fine-dining restaurant in Chicago’s red-hot Fulton Market neighborhood, where some of the city’s highest-profile restaurant groups now play, isn’t for the faint of heart. Such a move is even bolder if it’s an operator’s very first restaurant. But when the principals of upstart Sancerre Hospitality set out to develop BLVD as their inaugural concept, they took a go-big-or-go-home approach — and the result is dazzling.

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4 Rivers Smokehouse Is On a Mission

This BBQ chain made its first move outside of Florida by turning an old firehouse in Atlanta into a restaurant.

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If You See Something, Say Something...

As a woman who has worked closely with men in male-dominated industries for more than three decades, you can believe that the #MeToo movement holds some resonance for me.

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The 2018 rd+d awards

rd+d’s panel of judges spent an entire day reviewing submissions, taking notes, asking questions, advocating for their favorites and sometimes changing each other’s minds in order to narrow the entries down to these chosen few. Projects were scored based on submission criteria and the judges’ knowledge and experience.

Thanks to everyone who took time to submit projects for consideration.

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