Hello and Happy Friday (finally)! It’s been a crazy week here at the day job and it’s only getting crazier for a few more days. But I’m getting some design projects done and hope to have some deliverables on those really soon. Working on a music project out of Northern California right now and a business start-up in the interiors world. I’m really excited about both of these and cannot wait to show you all the finished product!
In other news, we had an out-of-town visitor yesterday at the day job. She was coming for lunch, so I perused the websites of some newer lunch spots and some old favorites and thought I’d mention how much I love the design of a few of these sites. I truly love food as much as I love design, and I spend probably an unnatural amount of time watching foodie shows and lusting over foodie websites. I feel like a lot of people jump straight to a website for a menu before they ever see the storefront of a restaurant, so this is really the first glimpse potential patrons are getting of your restaurant’s vibe. I think it’s vitally important in this day and age to have a restaurant site that speaks to the personality of your business.
Above is the splash page for Comfort, a long-time favorite of mine whose chef/owner, Jason Alley, has recently gathered some national press. Comfort’s site was design by Green Olive Media who have designed sites for many of the big dogs in the restaurant world, including several James Beard Award nominees and winners, like Five and Ten. They did the calming and classic website for One Flew South, ATL’s airport foodie haven. More client sites here. On a semi-related note, big congrats to Dale Reitzer of Acacia in Richmond for being nominated Best Chef Mid-Atlantic by the JBF. Their website is nothing to write home about, but their food is amazing!
Next up is Bombolini Pasta’s website. The site was designed by David Throckmorton, who appears to be a local Virginian but doesn’t seem to have a website that I can find. Not only am I loving their website, but I’m loving their pasta. Tomorrow they are being Patronage Mobbed, so if you’re in town, stop by and support a local business! Their homemade pasta is incredible.
Last but not least, this is more a logo/identity design than web design. Pasture, a new restaurant in the City, has a lovely little theme started on their “under construction” page. It’s another Jason Alley tale of food, and it’s getting some good local press. I really love the simplicity of the theme. Pasture: animals, grass, local, natural. You know what you are going to get. The way food (and design) should be!