2018 Commercial Design Awards
Creative interiors stood out to a trio of judges who selected the winners in our annual Commercial Design Awards program.
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Eno Vino Downtown
Best New Development or Renovation – Restaurant or Bar
With its farm-to-table menu and extensive wine selection, Eno Vino’s downtown wine bar and bistro is considered a natural pairing for the AC Hotel Madison.
Most hotel restaurants are on the ground floor, but Eno Vino is on the hotel’s ninth and 10th floors and therefore accessible to hotel guests and members of the community alike. Its floor-to-ceiling glass accommodates views of the state Capitol and Lakes Mendota and Monona, and that’s one of several reasons Eno Vino Downtown has experienced a strong opening and is expected to draw 100,000 guests on an annual basis.
While dinner reservations are often completely booked weeks in advance, Eno Vino has made the intentional decision to keep the bar, terrace, and terrace lounge available for walk-in guests on most evenings.
CDA judges appreciated the way the restaurant interior creates a warm environment while introducing a few modern elements. “The bar is very sleek,” states one judge. “I like the use of the lighting and the ceiling. It really gives it the mood of a warm restaurant and bar area.
“There is a great display of the wines for the selection, and it allows the public to get a view of the wine instead of just a list,” he adds. “It also gives people a reason to walk around a bit and tour the space instead of sit there and drink and eat. It looks like a very cozy and very comfortable place to relax in.”
Picking up on that theme, another judge notes that one of Madison’s strong suits is its architecture for dining and drinking establishments, “especially the way they are able to create wonderful experiences,” he notes. “This represents that type of dining experience. Madison is looking toward a real feature as a capital of culinary experiences, and this is another piece in that portfolio.”
Location: 1 N. Webster St., Madison, WI 53703
Owner/Developer: North Central Group
General Contractor: Kraemer Brothers
Architect: Gary Brink & Associates
Interior Design Architect: Gary Brink & Associates/North Central Group
Engineers: Pierce Engineers
Completion Date: May 2017