A new site on the west side of the Valley was the setting for Roadrunner #5. Craig Hardman managed the project and led the design effort for NBBJ. Prior to construction, Craig Hardman left NBBJ and established his own business. Mr. Hardman continued on the project as an independent Architect, assisted in the construction process, and provided design for interior and exterior finishes, furniture and fixtures.
The site was located on a main arterial near a highway interchange. The basic design layout at this location was adapted from the prior location. The extended entry way became a major design feature which could double as an indoor/outdoor breezeway opening to an outdoor patio which now included an exterior bar and overhead trellis structure. The central fire pit idea from the last location was re-imagined to be a group of individual campfire pits to serve multiple seating areas.
The interior dining and bar areas further evolved from the original design with the long bar and “herd of cows” seating in the lounge. A banquet room was added to the program. The custom designed furniture at this location was refined using playful colors and fabrics playing up the cowboy style. In addition various signature cowboy style furniture pieces were acquired and customized to further enhance the overall look. Custom lighting was provided throughout. Jeudi Scannell of Denver, Colorado acquired and helped to install a wide assortment of authentic cowboy artifacts, collected from ranches throughout the West. Ms. Scannell also worked with Craig Hardman in the furniture design and selection.
The cowboy celebrity chef Grady Spears was retained by the client to reinvent the food offering and created a fantastic menu that completed the cowboy concept. Roadrunner Grand Canyon has been the subject of numerous articles and helped propel the Roadrunner Restaurants to be voted best chain restaurant in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Life Magazine, 2003.