The owners of DuClaw wanted to make their restaurant more open and visible to the mall but needed a way to secure the restaurant at night when they were closed. The architect envisioned a series of glass paneled garage doors with only inches between each door. The garage doors open to make a lighted canopy above the mall side seating area, but close to secure the restaurant at night. A.R. Marani worked with the garage door installation company to design a support system that works with the extremely tight door spacing desired by the architect. We also wrapped the new mall seating area in a decorative steel railing.
As part of the renovations we removed the existing 20’ tall storefront system and GWB soffit and the interior banquette seating. We rebuilt and reinforced the walls surrounding the new entrance and the garage doors. We also installed two sets of sliding doors custom built from reclaimed lumber and raw steel. One pair closes off a banquet area for private parties. The other gang of four sliding doors shut the main entrance at night by slicing through the new reception desk.
The main restaurant was closed only during the demolition phase, while the bar area remained open for business. Once demolition was complete, the restaurant remained open for the rest of the construction.
|Architect||Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects, PC|