Restaurant Design: Weber Grill
This innovative dining concept grew out of the Weber Grill manufacturing business when founder George Stephen opened his first restaurant in 1988. Chipman Design Architecture was commissioned to design the newest restaurants in Illinois and Indiana, each adding unique elements to the developing Weber dining concept. Interiors focus upon the distinctive open-display kitchens where multiple stainless Weber kettles cook at varying temperatures, with those used for searing reaching 1500 F. The vitality of this highly visible, exhibition kitchen opens onto the expansive dining rooms. Raised lounges, Smokey Joe’s Bar and an outdoor patio with seasonal fireside dining enhance the experience.
A private dining room with state-of-the-art grilling kitchen is used for private events and cooking classes, featuring a large vented outdoor grill with cameras and flat-screens displaying chef demonstrations. Interiors of the 9,300-square foot restaurant includes a rich, warm color palette, custom lighting and historic display of Weber photographs. As architects for this concept, the firm provided complete design and branding services.