Dallas-based, award-winning architecture and design firm drives brand evolution work with popular Italian-American brand to revamp five restaurants
Maggiano’s Little Italy chose Dallas-based, global design consultant firm Harrison to utilize its award-winning strategic branding, interior design and architectural expertise in five of the brand’s restaurant remodels across the country.
The popular Italian-American brand is looking to utilize the new prototype Harrison created to revamp five locations in Oakbrook and Skokie, Illinois, Plano, Texas, Tampa, Florida and Denver. Harrison will implement changes that reflect every touchpoint of the guest experience through branding and environment, interior and exterior redesign, restaurant layout, signage, furniture and décor.
“We want to show our authenticity while putting the guest experience at the heart of our brand,” said Steve Provost, president of Maggiano’s. “These remodeling efforts will lay the groundwork for Maggiano’s in the 21st century, and Harrison recognizes the importance of not only a good design but also an authentic brand story still rooted in the traditions of the brand. We are excited to see our brand story brought to life.”
The new space will be engaging and a cinematic scape, every moment designed to engage their guests’ senses. Mixing the familiar – black and white photography, red check tablecloths, round Capone booths and warm wood – with new design features – sculptural light fixtures, specialty finishes and book-matched marble – the brand is ushered into the future while still holding hands with the past. The Maggiano’s design delivers a timeless experience.
“Working closely with Sr. Director of Architecture at Brinker International, Inc. Jim Fay, the objective was to bring Maggiano’s into the 21st century, while retaining existing guests and inspiring a new generation,” said Harrison Chief Operating Officer Keith Anderson. “Design affects our feelings and behavior. The branding and interior design are not just a look. It frames the feeling of Maggiano’s restaurants and creates a ‘sense of place.’ We want to put the human experience at the heart, empathize with the guest and make it unique to Maggiano’s. At Harrison, our team truly dives deep into each market and brand that we work with to fully understand and portray their brand through strategic storytelling. Each remodel will have different nuances and details that are suitable for the market they are in, and we are excited to see it all come together over the next few months.”
Harrison creates engaging brands and crafts meaningful experiences which bring a brand’s strategy, interiors, architecture, packaging and digital worlds to life. During its brand architecture design, Harrison employs creative storytelling, thorough market research, business strategy workshops and more to tie the physical premises together with the concept’s story.
Harrison is an award-winning, global strategic architecture and design consultancy renowned for creating successful new hospitality concepts, transforming existing brands and operations, and designing distinctive spaces that deliver memorable guest experiences. With offices in Dallas, London, Birmingham and Melbourne, Harrison has partnered with major global brands as well as local independent businesses to deliver 6,000+ projects. The company’s approach focuses on the guest journey; enhancing their experience through a unique storytelling process which differentiates brands from their competition. Harrison is built on a reputation for creativity, passion and vision which is expressed in the breadth of its extensive portfolio built over the last 32 years. For more information, visit harrison.hn and follow Harrison on Instagram.
Maggiano’s Little Italy specializes in Italian-American cuisine served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Maggiano’s menu features both classic and contemporary recipes – authentic pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh seafood, regular chef specials and specialty desserts. Maggiano’s 54 restaurants nationwide offer lunch and dinner as well as delivery, carryout services and banquet spaces for special occasions. Maggiano’s is owned and operated by Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than one million guests daily. Brinker owns or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in 29 countries and two territories. In addition to Maggiano’s, Brinker owns and operates Chili’s® Grill & Bar.