Finding Grace: Factoring Service Flow (and ‘Tron’) Into a Restaurant’s Design

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In the fourth installment of our exclusive web series Finding Grace: The Making of a Restaurant, chef Curtis Duffy and general manager Michael Muser walk us through the partly built-out Grace space to show us how they’ve designed the restaurant for optimum flow — from kitchen to dining room and back — to create their idea of perfect service. It’s invisible to the diner, utterly efficient, and above all gracious. For Duffy, it reminds him of Alinea — whose kitchen he also helped design. For Muser, the inspiration seems to come from a more unexpected corner: the light cycles in Tron. Find out why in this nine-minute video, straight ahead.

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