The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation sent word earlier today that it's chosen a New York-based architectural firm -- Thomas Phifer and Partners -- to design the 6,000 square-foot restaurant and "performance pavilion" planned for the 5.2-acre, federally stimulated deck park that'll get its ground broken September 14. The firm's already got the deck park listed amongst its projects -- and its Web site is decorated with far more renderings and environmental schematics than we were sent. Nonetheless, after the jump three more views of the eat-and-be-scenery.
As for what to expect from the restaurant and pavillion, well, this is from the press release:
Plans call for a full restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating as well as a quick, casual café for people who wish to pick up a meal to enjoy in the park. The restaurant will also include space available to rent for private events.
The adjacent performance pavilion will be a central gathering space in the middle of The Park and serve as a place for free concerts and events. When not in use, the performance pavilion will have moveable tables and chairs for additional outdoor dining.
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After the jump, the entirety of the media release. But, say, you did know they were gonna have a restaurant on that sucker, right?
Update at 4:56 p.m.: Friend of Unfair Park Religion of Bacon makes a terrific point in the comments. But after I posted this, I wondered: Who's gonna be running that joint? Or cooking there? So, I asked Joanna Singleton. To which she responded: "We are a ways off from having a restaurant operator/chef in place. At this point, we are designing the space that will eventually be leased."