Q&A with Martha Lares, Vice President of Store Design and Construction, Wetzel’s Pretzels

Visit a mall today and you’ll find a sorry state of affairs, with empty storefronts and declining foot traffic. However, one type of mall is doing well: the upscale mall, with retailers such as Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers and Williams-Sonoma.

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Sign of the Times

Using signage correctly can enhance your customers’ experience — and your brand.

Fazoli’s brought the inside outside as part of a signage upgrade of its drive-thru. The goal of the upgrade included highlighting freshness, furthering the branding, emphasizing value and making the entire experience more pleasant.

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Uncle Maddio’s Rethinks Ordering to Improve the Experience

Operational changes to lower wait times influence the new design of this fast-casual pizza chain.

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A World View: Beef Royal, Moscow

Designed by Yuna Megre for restaurateur Alexander Sorkin, Beef Royal in Moscow is a spacious steakhouse with two VIP lounges and a terrace overlooking a waterfront. Natural materials such as stone, concrete and leather dominate the luxurious, custom designed and built space.

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Reader’s Choices: David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP

David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP, //3877, outlines his favorite restaurant trends.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Opens in Italy

Starbucks opened its first location in Italy, a Reserve Roastery in Milan, located inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The coffee behemoth plans to bring additional cafes to Milan beginning in late 2018.

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