RSP Architects designs Tado Steakhouse

RSP Architects opened the Tado Steakhouse.  In designing the venue inside a Caribbean-themed casino, the firm’s design challenge was to balance the cultural nuances of the Mdewakanton tribe, owners of the resort and casino, with the white table cloth elegance associated with fine dining.

The 150-seat Tado Steakhouse has natural wood, stone and metal. Key elements include a custom fireplace and display wall located at the entrance. Warm tones and rich materials are used throughout the space, creating a series of intimate scaled environments.

The RARE bar | lounge has a warm wood bar with smoked mirror bar back and custom lounge seating with Pendleton blankets. The main dining space is shaped by wood slat wall and ceiling elements from which hang down custom light fixtures, creating a series of rooms within the larger space. Curved booths line the outside of the space backed by a white slat stone wall with historic photographs of the community. The teppanyaki room has its sliding shoji screen doors and custom wall coverings showing cherry blossoms in bloom. Finally, the private dining space is entered through a custom steel entry, flanked with wine racks taking guests into a private room with cut crystal glass pendants, a large custom wood ceiling and views back out through the entry fireplace.


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The place offers fine wine or custom cocktails, locally sourced beef and the area’s only teppanyaki room.

The design team included: Ian Scott, project designer; Gordon Strom, project manager; interior designers Nina Bouten, Ashley Lundgren and Torre Stangebye; and Adam Mitchell, job captain.

Special contributors included: Knutson Construction, Robert Rippe & Associates, CP Procurement, Energy Products and Design Inc. and MEP Associates- Rochester.