The New and Familiar

New restaurants are striving to look like (and to be) community institutions, reflecting old-style pubs, meeting halls and marketplaces.

From Metropolis Magazine:

"Seattle's Corson Building, as much a social experiment as an eating establishment (the Web site describes it as 'a home, a restaurant, and a community'), may represent the height of the trend. The chef dishes up shared platters in a 1910 house with three communal tables and a garden and chicken coop out-side."

Writers Kristi Cameron, Belinda Lanks & Martin C. Pedersen also look at restaurants following this trend in San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Fort Worth.

Full Story: Great Good Places

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