Restaurants with a Check Average of Less Than $30 per Person
First Place: Sixty Vines Plano, Texas
Photos courtesy of Edward Stewart Photography
Specifying Team: David Chatman, Key Account Manager, Acosta Cornerstone; Camille Hartmann, Distributor Sales Representative, Edward Don & Company; Mary Beth Miller, Partner, W3 Sales; Jennifer Warner, National Sales Manager, Libbey; Ken Bigger, Partner, Preferred Source; Vince Ramos, Owner, New Generation Reps
- China: Bauscher (Coffeelings)
- Flatware: Hepp (Aurora)
- Glassware: Cardinal (wine punt tumblers), Luigi Bormioli by Bauscher Hepp Inc. (IPA glass); Steelite (Ypsilon carafes, Bormioli Giara bottles)
- Accessories: WTI (Coos Bay ceramic tray); FOH (Espresso cups & saucers, mini ramekins); MCIC (lion's head soup bowls, Alps Comas steak knife); DKB USA (salt & pepper mills)
Why It Won: Perfectly harmonious. Integrated. Use of presentation pieces, like the cheese board, ramekins and colored glass contribute to the overall beauty of this tabletop. This installation really achieves its goal of being a Napa Valley-inspired concept and is the last thing you would expect to see in Plano, Texas. The food, the wine, the tabletop — there's no competing among these elements. They all work well together. The use of table glasses and the different color water glasses are a nice touch that keeps this installation casual.
First Place: Stone Summit, Wentzville, Mo.
Photos courtesy of Stella Lorens, Edward Don & Company
Specifying Team: Christopher L. Avolio, Managing Partner Stone Summit; Carrie Bellon, St Louis Sales and Marketing Manager, Stellhorn Marketing; Joey Brown, Sales and Business Development, Edward Don & Company; Jay Chernoff, Manager, IMCO; Aaron Duckworth, General Manager, Stone Summit; David Reynolds, District Sales Manager, Edward Don & Company
- China: Steelite (Denali Gray, Anfora and Ypsilon )
- Flatware: IMCO (Hyde Park), Straus Culinary (custom logo Steak Knife)
- Glassware: Libbey (Vina), Steelite Bormioli Luna and Palladio (Beer)
- Accessories: Chef Specialties, Risch, IMCO
Why It Won: This is a nicely integrated tabletop. From the actual tabletop to the items to the room, it all ties together and says California easy. All of the materials in the room and on the tabletop work together to frame the plates. The use of the slate color and pewter items goes well with the restaurant's Stone name. The hammered flatware gives the tabletop a more stylish than rustic appearance. It's very urban and sophisticated. The table service and food presentation are very congruous and harmonious.
First Runner Up: Brooklyn and the Butcher, New Albany, Ind.
Photo courtesy of Dean Lavenson Photography
Specifying Team: Ian and Nikki Hall, owners, Brooklyn and the Butcher; Frank Knights, DSR, The Wasserstrom Company, Brian Russell, Sales Manager, The Wasserstrom Company
- China: Churchill, Diversified Ceramics, Front of the House, Hall China, Syracuse, Villeroy & Boch, World Tableware
- Flatware: Oneida, World Tableware
- Glassware: Libbey (Bristol Valley, Catalina, Noblesse, Renaissance, Retro), Steelite (Electra)
- Accessories: Buffet Euro, Cilio, Craster, Front of the House, Ironwood, Frieling, Libbey, Steelite, Syracuse, Vollrath
Why it was in the Running: Good combination of different textures/materials: wood, glass and metal. The white and black napkins work well with the chairs. They have a lot happening on this tabletop but the combination of these items is what makes it work. This tabletop is so inviting.
Honorable Mention: Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar, West Hartford, Conn.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Carvalho, Kittredge Equipment Company
Specifying Team: Dante Cistulli, Managing Partner, Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar; Brian Mitchell, Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group; Hunter Morton, Executive Chef, Max Restaurant Group; Mike Olivier, General Manager, Savoy Pizzeria; Rich Rosenthal, President, Max Restaurant Group; Scott Smith, Vice President, Max Restaurant Group; Corinne Tawa, Sales, Kittredge Equipment
- China: Hall China, Homer Laughlin (Black Band)
- Flatware: Walco (Ultra)
- Glassware: Bauscher, Cardinal, Libbey
- Accessories: American Metalcraft, Chef Specialties, Packnwood, Steelite
Worth Mentioning: This tabletop is simple and really well done. It features the restaurant’s branding throughout, including on the glassware and napkins. They selected the right china for this application and customer price point: the tabletop is perfect for a pizzeria. It looks great. Although the china pattern is well established, it looks very fresh in this application.
Honorable Mention: Noosh Nosh, Louisville, Ky.
Photo courtesy of Dean Lavenson Photography
Specifying Team: Anoosh Shariat, executive chef and owner, Noosh Nosh: Paula Barmore, Co-Owner, Noosh Nosh; Frank Knights, DSR, The Wasserstrom Company; Brian Russell, Sales Manager, The Wasserstrom Company
- China: Diversified Ceramics, Front of the House (Seattle), Hall (Rarebits), Revol, Steelite, Syracuse, Tuxton, World Tableware
- Flatware: World Tableware
- Glassware: Libbey (Inverness, Retro), Merchandise Connection (Lucaris), Steelite (Electra)
- Accessories: Front of the House, Hoffmaster, Olde Thompson, Staub, Tablecraft, Update, World Tableware
Worth Mentioning: This tabletop reflects the playful and entertaining nature of the concept. It would not work in most other concepts but here it really conveys the menu and concept really well.