AvroKO as Gray Awards Judges
We were honored to judge the Gray Awards 2018 by Gray Magazine this year, where we celebrated the most innovative, spine-tingling designs of the Pacific Northwest U.S. and Canada. A huge shout out to Gray for their gracious hospitality and congratulations to all the finalists and winners! Click here for more details.
Calistoga Wins Four Sleeper AHEAD Awards!
We are incredibly delighted that our design and visual identity for Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa took home four awards at the Sleeper AHEAD Americas awards ceremony. Calistoga was crowned as the AHEAD Americas Hotel of the Year and topped three other categories: Hotel Renovation & Restoration, Spa & Wellness, and Visual Identity of the Year. Click here to see the full list of winners.
Saxon + Parole to Debut in New ZealandIn 2019, AvroKO Hospitality Group will open Saxon + Parole in the Commercial Bay development in Auckland. Helmed by Executive Chef Brad Farmerie, a Michelin-starred chef, Saxon + Parole has received multiple awards and accolades including “Best American Restaurant Bar” and “Best Restaurant Bar in the World” at the Tales of the Cocktail Awards. The Auckland location will be inspired by the food, wine and cocktails served in New York, but the menu items will be prepared with fresh, local ingredients and a distinctly New Zealand flair. Click here to read the full article about the S+P New Zealand debut!
Ghost Donkey: Opening in VegasIn Fall 2018, Ghost Donkey will be one of six restaurants opening at The Cosmopolitan’s new Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar in Las Vegas. The NY-based tequila and mezcal cocktail bar will be bringing its award-winning bar program to Vegas’ discerning culinary community including mezcal flights, handcrafted cocktails made with traditional Mexican spirits, and south-of-the-border bites. Learn more from The Cosmopolitan here!
Stone-Cold Stunner!Eater recognized Eight Tables as this year's Stone-Cold Stunner of the year, distinguishing it from restaurant designs across the nation. Click here to read more about the design.
The Golden Ticket!Arlo Hotels received the Gold Key Award for Best Emerging Hotel Concept on November 13 at the Gold Key Awards, held at Gotham Hall in New York City. Our project Single Thread was also honored as a finalist in the Best Restaurant Fine Dining category. Click here to see the full list of winners.
The Inaugural Surface Travel AwardsSurface Magazine is holding their inaugural Surface Travel Awards ceremony this year, and we are delighted that our design for Single Thread has been named a finalist in their Restaurant category! The Surface Travel Awards will anoint the most thoughtfully conceived new projects at the intersection of travel and design and aims to raise global awareness of the crucial benefit of design as a means to improve our lives as we explore the world around us. To see the full list of finalists, click here!
SingleThread wins at the James Beard AwardsOur design for SingleThread took home the award for Best Restaurant Design 75 Seats and Under at the James Beard Awards in Chicago. We are incredibly honored and sincerely thank the James Beard Foundation for this distinction. Working with the creative talents of Kyle and Katina Connaughton inspired us to bring their vision to life with a design that honors craftsmanship, Japanese traditions and the beautiful produce that makes its way from the farm to the plate. Click here to see the full list of winners!
AvroKO Goes Across the PondWe are proud to announce the opening of our London studio (had to pay for those season tickets to Arsenal somehow)! We've recently opened two projects there in the last year, The Modern Pantry and Flat Iron's second outpost, with many exciting others on the boards. William and Kate are super psyched, and we are too.
- Owned and operated, Saxon + Parole is sitting comfortably among the world’s best restaurants, recently being crowned by Tales of the Cocktail as Best American Restaurant Bar. Inspired by the numerous stables that once dotted the streets of downtown Manhattan, guests can cheers to their own personalized cocktail in the equine themed space with a modernist twist. See more from Maxim, here.
Cheeky Little Bar: GENUINE LiquoretteIn the subterranean level of our recently opened fast-fine restaurant, GENUINE Superette, resides GENUINE Liquorette - a watering hole designed in the spirit of a California bodega. With newspapers and vintage tobacco advertisements lining the entryway and 750 bottles of liquor lining the shelves, guests are welcomed into a space equipped to provide a new model of service - self service. From the self-serve refrigerators holding beer and wine that guests can grab at leisure, to the "Rough Justice" program where drinkers can choose a bottle off the shelf and drink it how they please - by the gram, to the cocktail collective where a team of international bartenders develop monthly cocktails based on a hard-to-use spirit, to the mixology classes taught by barman Eben Freeman where upon completion any graduate can jump behind the bar and mix drinks for themselves and their friends. Learn more from New York Magazine's Grub Street here.
GENUINE’s Makers And ShakersShe rolled out of the gate with guns blazing, even getting love from Good Eats guru Alton Brown. If you haven’t stopped by, come in and see us for a juicy burger, spicy taco or fresh market salad and take yourself away from the busy workday and into some chill California vibes. In just a few months, Superette’s subterranean sister, Liquorette, will be crankin’ the tunes to eleven and slingin’ some truly adventurous beverage experiments courtesy of our drinks superstar Eben Freeman. Mark your cals for September! Check out the behind-the-scenes making of.
Hot Off The PressJust a few months ago, we announced the launch of our newest trendsetters, Brand Bureau. Coinciding with their emergence into the world comes their super fresh inaugural publication. The first issue of the annual volume delves deep into the minds of our strategists talking travel, hospitality, booze, Chinatown and more. We don’t want to spoil the ending so take a look for yourself!
Chef On FireAvroKO’s Brand Bureau division ninjas have been having a serious hoot (yeah, ninjas can hoot) working on the very first brick & mortar for the chef whose heart and knife skillz won over the whole country. Carla is bringing a little bit of Nashville to NYC along with her signature, mouth-watering baked goods, and we get to help shape the spicy journey.
Three…Two…One HotelAvroKO’s first head to toe and everything in between NYC hotel is about to open its ivy-clad doors just below Central Park. A modern urban escape celebrating nature and all things sustainable was the name of this very green game. Proud to work with two industry legends—the one and only Mr. Barry Sternlicht, the genius behind the brand, and Chef Jonathan Waxman who’s bringing his OG restaurant, Jams, to the space re-conjuring a bit of throwback power 80’s New York. See the first shots here.
Can Do ChengduGunning to be China’s next big hot spot, Chengdu is gearing up to unleash a slew of impressive projects this year, one of which is luxury hotel group Swire’s The Temple House. It’s the third in Swire’s line of “House” brand hotels following the swanky Upper House in Hong Kong and artsy Opposite House in Beijing. We got our hands dirty on all of the food & beverage venues including a super sultry cocktail bar, a soaring signature Italian restaurant and bar, a modern all day café plus an outdoor bar or two for good measure. Points to the first person to grab a drink from the in-bar, lazy susan, fire-pit-cocktail-service. And they said it couldn’t be done…
Welcome GENUINE SuperetteOur newest baby has crossed the finish line and has made quite a splash in Nolita (ok, ok...Little Italy). The Cali-inspired, fast-fine joint is dripping with colorful landscapes, adjustable fixtures and a working / interactive boombox, and we couldn't be more excited to share her with the world.
Chengdu’s New DoWe teamed up with Swire Hotels to luxe out the soon-to-open Temple House Hotel in Chengdu, China. Our team took the reigns for three F&B spaces including an all-day dining cafe, bar and swanky Italian restaurant. Finished product launching this summer.
Boozy PredictionsOur new beverage master, Eben Freeman, is forecasting the rise of Japanese-inspired cocktails in a very big way. Everyone's digging our new Hot Sake Service at PUBLIC, and our current sip stashed in the Cabinet of Cocktail Curiosities at Saxon + Parole features Hakushu whisky is revelatory.
Food Halls Goin’ GlobalThe gourmet market boom is in full swing, and we're proud that our first two babies, Gotham West Market and Hudson Eats, are humming along nicely. Later this year, China Live, an authentic Chinese market including a food hall, fine dining restaurant and bar, will make its debut in SF, followed by some innovative new markets in Austin, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Creating Community Around Top-Notch EatsWhat do you do when a prominent developer tasks you with creating, designing and operating a gourmet market in an off-the-map neighborhood? Well...hopefully create a destination, including eight unique and buzzy chefs in a welcoming 10,000 square foot space. We are thrilled that our little food market is quickly becoming a gourmet grub-hub for a growing neighborhood.
Collaborating With Shigeru BanWhen looking to collaborate with super talented creatives, the bamboo guru and pritzker prize winner Shigeru Ban has long been at the top of our list. Working together on Calypso, an airy ground-breaking restaurant in Shanghai changed our perception of what a "hotel restaurant" could be.
Chow Done Right for JetBlue’s New “MINT” ExperienceJetBlue has partnered with our very own Saxon + Parole to develop their onboard, customizable menu for Mint travelers. Jet-setters will surely forget they're 35,000 feet in the air once they chow down on dynamite eats like chilled carrot and ginger soup with cilantro and a spicy marshmallow or our signature portobello mushroom mouse with truffles.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie: Restaurant? Theater? Club?…YupAn experiential and immersive universe of dining, drinking, dancing and general mayhem: Rose.Rabbit.Lie. sets a new precedent for live entertainment inside the “just the right amount of wrong” Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Hospitality Architecture + Design AwardHong Kong's hottest taqueria/nightclub has just been awarded with a coveted Hospitality Architecture+Design award for general excellence.
- AvroKO-designed Bon Appetit test kitchen launches. Questlove spins on AvroKO’s transformable bar/DJ booth to kick off the after party.