2015 Performance in Tabletop Awards: Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Check Average of Less Than $30 First Place

Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights, Houston, Texas

1502tabletop18Specifying Team: Marcela Perez, executive chef/co-owner Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Archie Patterson, founder/co-owner Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Mark Sass, principal, Preferred Source; Scott Miller, district manager, Libbey Inc; Rusty Gilmore, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Diversified Ceramics; Michael Cotsilis, IMCO category manager, Edward Don & Co; Debbie Fanelli, dealer sales rep, Edward Don & Co

Dinnerware: Diversified Ceramics (Carpaccio), IMCO and Steelite (Anfora and Varick)

Glassware: Libbey (Aruba, Embassy and Wine Lover’s) and Steelite (Bodega)

Flatware: IMCO Edward Don (Royal Don)

Accessories: Front of the House and GET

Why it Won: When it comes to fitting a theme, Skinny Rita’s tabletop does just that. From the blue plates to the blue-rimmed glasses to the painted furniture: everything ties together nicely, creating a sense of being in Mexico without being too kitschy. From the tabletop to the dining room, everything flows together creating an elegant atmosphere.

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