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AIA/LA Restaurant Design Nominations Announced

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The LA chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA/LA) has narrowed down the list of contenders for this year's edition of the Restaurant Design Awards. Judges include 213's founder Cedd Moses, graphic designer Louise Sandhaus, designer Michael Palladino, and the Weekly's Jonathan Gold. The crew selected 16 finalists—most from Los Angeles—and now voting is open to the public to decide the People's Choice Award (as Curbed put it, "It's just like American Idol, but with alcohol!"). All winners will be revealed on June 26th at the LA Convention Center. Until then, the six local restaurants are pictured above, and the complete list of noms follows below:

RESTAURANT
AK Restaurant+Bar
Bottega Louie
Chaya Downtown
Drago Centro
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck (Dallas)
Gingko Bacchus Restaurant (China)
Houston's Restaurant (Denver)
KAA Restaurant (Sao Paulo)
La Condesa (Austin)
Luau
Rivera Restaurant

CAFÉ/BAR
Huckleberry
Kara's Cupcakes (San Francisco)
The Lab Gastropub

LOUNGE/NIGHTCLUB
The Conga Room
Yoshi's San Francisco (San Francisco)
· 5th Annual Restaurant Design Awards [AIA/LA]
· AIA Restaurant Design Finalists Announced [Curbed LA]

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