Mmmmmm, Design.

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The nominees have been announced for the most delicious awards in design, the 2006 James Beard Foundation Awards. The foundation honors the best in restaurant design as well as best restaurant graphics produced since 2003. Winners will be announced at a New Orleans-themed gala on May 8, 2006, but in the meantime we suggest hitting up the winning dining establishments for a meal. Hopefully the fine aesthetics equal good eats.

Outstanding Restaurant Design

Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners LLP
Designers: Paul Bentel, Peter Bentel,
Susan Nagle, Carol Bentel
Project: The Modern
9 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
212-228-3585

Evan Douglis Studio
Designer: Evan Douglis
Project: Haku
New York City
(closed summer, 2005)

Giannone Associates Architects
Designers: Ralph Giannone, Pina Petricone, Brie Gillespie, Livio DiFonzo, Megan Cassidy
Project: Il Fornello Church Street
491 Church Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M4Y 2C6
416-944-9052

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics

James Barondess
Designer: James Barondess
Project: B & G Oysters
550 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Mucca Design Corporation
Designers: Matteo Bologna and Andrea Brown
Project: Country Restaurant
90 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Mucca Design Corporation
Designers: Matteo Bologna and Andrea Brown
Project: Sant Ambroeus
1000 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212-570-2211