Elliott + Associates architects awarded ‘Best of Year’ for Café 501 redesign

Among other honors, the firm received the distinguished “Best of Year” award in the casual dining category from Interior Design magazine. More than 700 entries were considered for the magazine’s prestigious “Best of Year” awards. Elliott + Associates also took home an Honor Award for the R. B. Akins project and two Merit Awards for Balliets and Uptown Kids.Three of the four award-winning projects are located in the new Classen Curve development.

“Pete and I have known each other for 25 years, first meeting in the 1980s doing restaurant projects together,” said Rand Elliott, principal of Elliott + Associates Architects. “The Café 501 brand is very strong in Edmond, and the location at Classen Curve was an opportunity to bring it to Oklahoma City. Pete and Sheree are true professionals, and it was our responsibility to make the second location as successful as the first. What makes Café 501 so unique is that they treat the food as art with their handcrafted approach.”

On the local front, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects also recognized the creativity, uniqueness, and quality of the firm’s work in designing Café 501 and awarded it a Merit Award for architecture. “The building has a nice massing and makes strong linkages to the adjacent building. The interior is a sophisticated space. We enjoyed the bold, red focal point and the ceiling/lighting detail,” jury chair Randy Brown, FAIA, noted.

“When we saw the concept for the first time, it looked like Café 501 had grown up,” said co-owner Sheree Holloway. “This was exactly what we wanted: A concept that would capture the spirit of the food in an atmosphere that was warm and comfortable.”

“The atmosphere is fresh, modern and crafted, just like our food,” said Café 501 co-owner Pete Holloway.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will congratulate the firm and Cafe 501 with a Mayoral Citation at a reception on February 28th.

“We are very proud to represent Oklahoma City, as Café 501 makes us proud of our local talent,” commented Elliott.  “It is one more example of how our city is maturing to create our own brand of hospitality. We had a great team with Pete and Sheree, David Ketch and myself, and Lingo Construction. We have proven that Oklahoma City can compete on a global scale.” 

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