Consolidate The Rainbow Room, formerly occupying the 64th and 65th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza to the 65th floor and convert the 64th floor to rentable office space.
Design a multi-purpose kitchen to support a variety of menus and service requirements:
- A la carte dining open to the public for Sunday brunch and Monday night dinner and dancing with live entertainment in the spectacularly renovated and refurbished Rainbow Room.
- Expanded banquet activity.
- Bar 65 which operates as a private club during breakfast and lunch.
- Bar 65 which is open to the public for dinner 5 nights a week.
To meet the demands of high end banquet service and a la carte dining CFL designed a kitchen that utilized every square inch of space with a focus on efficient flow of staff and materials.
Gary Bensky, Project Designer, having worked at The Rainbow Room as a chef earlier in his career, planned for the impact of twice the sales volume in half the space:
- Locate the service related functions at each end of the kitchen thereby limiting service staff circulation thru an already tight kitchen area.
- Maximize flexibility in banquet execution by planning for all mobile equipment units capable of being positioned in configuration best suited to the size and menu for each event.
- Select durable, high volume equipment with simple controls.
The project was completed in time for the 80th anniversary of The Rainbow Room.
- Locating additional refrigerated and dry storage near the loading dock enabled the staff to break down cases of goods upon receipt thereby reducing material handling requirements to the 65th floor in a shared service elevator.
- By providing totally separate beverage, warewashing and walk in refrigerated support for Bar 65, all circulation for this venue remains at the far end of the space to limit conflict with the other staff activities in the Gallery and the Rainbow Room proper at the other end of the space.
- By locating the potwashing, additional refrigerated storage and ice production in between the Rainbow Room and Bar 65, additional efficiencies were achieved.
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