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Today they announced the winners today of the American Institute of Architects design awards for Los Angeles! You may remember this old post about the restaurant contenders: Gorgeous Hot Spots in La La Land: Five Restaurant Design Award Contenders A little background from Eater LA: "This is the fourth year the American Institute of Architects (Los Angeles chapter) have recognized the best in restaurant, cafe/bar and lounge/nightclub design, and there were more than 40 submissions with six winners (two for each category): Those decided by the esteemed judges (Joachim Splichal, Los Angeles magazine's Margot Dougherty, architect David Montalba, and designer Michael Hodgson), and the People's Choice. This isn't purely aesthetic---evaluations were based on design concept, operational layout and overall packaging---but it's kind of just another beauty contest." Here are the winners! Drum roll, please!....ba da dummmm. Best Restaurant: Blue Velvet

I'll need to see this place to believe it! Kind of looks like the patio at the W Westwood. Best Cafe: LA Mill in Silverlake

Even the website looks tres chic. Bookmarked on Yelp! (If you'd like you can check out my bookmarks. This is my coveted list of places that will one day show up on theMET!) Best Lounge/Nightclub: Elevate Lounge

If you haven't been here yet, it's a must see. Best parts? The spectacular view of downtown and the fact that you can smoke inside ('cause it's a pseudo-open air patio). Beautiful place! And of course..the people's choices: Restaurant: Osteria Mozza designed by Kelly Architects, Inc. Cafe/Bar: Kitchen 24 designed by Spacecraft/Torres Architects Club/Lounge: One World Lounge at LAX designed by Gensler Source: LA Times blog Thoughts?
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