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Some exciting news came across the wires last night: PieLab, the Kickstarter-funded eatery and community space in Greensboro, Alabama, has been nominated for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design. This is an enormous honor (the James Beard Awards are considered the Oscars of food) made all the more surprising by the space’s humble origins and locale.
We emailed PieLab creator John Bielenberg today to ask how he made it happen. Was there some top-secret lobbying campaign a la the Oscars? Not at all.
“A friend of mine encouraged us to enter PieLab into the awards… at the last minute, in fact. To be honest, I wasn’t very familiar with this program. So, our nomination as a finalist is a huge and pleasant surprise! I bet we spent a small fraction of what the other finalists spent on their spaces. Of course, it is rural Alabama and was mostly volunteer labor.”
Awesome stuff. John also supplied some photos of the space, which are excellent. Congrats to everyone involved, and best of luck on May 3rd when the winners are announced.
And don’t miss their latest project, (blank)LAB.