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Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery Moves Across the Parking Lot

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery Moves Across the Parking Lot

Breweries and their eateries often want their space to feel like their guests are joining them in the warehouse while they are brewing beer. But Gravel Bottom Brewery Ada, MI had to move to a brand-new storefront to allow for the downtown Ada development project to put in a street. First Companies’ Craig Schroeder called r.o.i. Design looking for design...

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GVSU’s Fresh Food Co. Commons “Re-Freshed”

GVSU’s Fresh Food Co. Commons “Re-Freshed”

GVSU’s original “cafeteria” was built more than 40 years ago and is still the largest food service facility on campus. It feeds a lot of people but needed to respond to the changing campus and its customers. More seating capacity at Fresh Food Co. and upgraded finishes meant planning for a 2016 summer remodel. r.o.i. Design, who also designed the GVSU...

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Third Generation Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill

Third Generation Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill

Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill has been a West Michigan landmark for more than two generation, started in 1969 it’s claim to fame then and now is the ‘Sizzler’ steak. r.o.i. Design is working with Johnny Brann Jr., who has sights on the re-branding of the eight location restaurant chain. (Johnny also independently owns Kitchen 67, a...

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The Chef’s Table – A Multi-Course Experience for All the Senses

The Chef’s Table – A Multi-Course Experience for All the Senses

The documentary, “The Chef’s Table” (A Netflix Production), features six chefs and their restaurants. Each of them considered to be one of the best 50 in the world, they were chosen for their exotic tastes, remote locale and menu, passion or untiring curiosity. As a designer, watching the program, watching the creative chefs, watching the food, I couldn’t...

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Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them: The Design Team

Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them: The Design Team

Who is the design team? The building architect, interior designer, site engineer, landscape architect, structural engineer, civil engineer, casegood designer, furniture designer, and art consultant all make up the design team. Construction managers are dealing with a variety of team types: One Stop Shopping Large architect and engineering firms who offer...

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The R.O.I. in Restaurant Remodels

The R.O.I. in Restaurant Remodels

Consistently serving great food is the best way for a restaurant owner to keep customers coming back for more. However, lighting, cleanliness, wall décor and even the ambience are all things that your customer will notice. To offer the ultimate dining experience you need to appeal to every sense of your target customer. Remodeling your restaurant is part...

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