Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights, Houston, Texas
Marcela Perez, executive chef/co-owner Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Archie Patterson, founder/co-owner Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Mark Sass, principal, Preferred Source; Scott Miller, district manager, Libbey Inc; Rusty Gilmore, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Diversified Ceramics; Michael Cotsilis, IMCO category manager, Edward Don & Co; Debbie Fanelli, dealer sales rep, Edward Don & CoSpecifying Team:
Dinnerware: Diversified Ceramics (Carpaccio), IMCO and Steelite (Anfora and Varick)
Glassware: Libbey (Aruba, Embassy and Wine Lover’s) and Steelite (Bodega)
Flatware: IMCO Edward Don (Royal Don)
Accessories: Front of the House and GET
Why it Won: When it comes to fitting a theme, Skinny Rita’s tabletop does just that. From the blue plates to the blue-rimmed glasses to the painted furniture: everything ties together nicely, creating a sense of being in Mexico without being too kitschy. From the tabletop to the dining room, everything flows together creating an elegant atmosphere.