The shape of a fox is carved out in chairs backs at Heritage Tavern located at 131 E. Mifflin St.

As the food editor of the Cap Times, Lindsay Christians has always had questions about how a restaurant gets made. How do you design a menu? What is it like to get a building up to code? What makes a memorable logo? How do you figure out what your restaurant should sound like, or smell like, or feel like?

With Making a Restaurant, a new mini-series of the Corner Table, Lindsay is getting some answers.

Making a Restaurant will feature interviews with experts on finance, design, menu creation, architecture and all the other things restaurateurs need to think about when turning their idea into a brick-and-mortar reality.

On today's episode, Lindsay talks with Cricket Redman, founder of Cricket Design Works, about the design choices behind the creation of a restaurant. From Ancora to Sardine, Redman has helped some of Madison's most popular spots develop a visual language to define their identity -- a language that informs everything from signage, to the layout of the menu, to carvings on chairs, even to the way a building looks as you drive by it.

In their conversation, Lindsay and Cricket talk about the collaborative process of figuring out a design, the risks involved in rebranding an old business, and ongoing trends in the industry.

The Corner Table can be found on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud, and most other podcasting platforms. You can access its RSS feed here.

Other Cap Times podcasts include Jessie Opoien's state politics podcast Wedge Issues, the local government podcast Madsplainers, Katelyn Ferral's 2017 series The Cost of Opportunity about student loan debt and ongoing Cap Times Talks.

Food editor and arts writer Lindsay Christians has been writing for the Cap Times since 2008. She hosts the food podcast The Corner Table and runs a program for student theater critics. Member @AFJEats and @ATCA. She/ her/ hers.