Let’s Make Some Changes

Considering wood trim

Have you ever worked on your restaurant’s layout with your salesperson and designer but can’t seem to get your point across over the phone?   Are you too far from one of our branches or have too much on your plate that you can’t seem to find the time to get out of the office?   Don’t worry – it happens to the best of us.

Bargreen Ellingson Design now has the ability for you to login over the internet and view your designer’s CAD drawings.  A simple conference call between you, your salesperson and your designer and BAM!   Your changes can be made instantly. Can’t quite explain where you want that booth seat or specify the order of equipment on the cook line? Grab your mouse and show the designer and salesperson on their screen in real time. If the design doesn’t work the way you thought it would, we can easily move it all back with a few simple clicks of the mouse.  This collaborative effort is a huge time saver for both you and the designer and helps you create the design you really want. Once all the elements are where you want them, the designer can easily send you a PDF version of your plan for your reference.  And just think – you didn’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or office!  For more information on this collaborative effort, contact your designer!

Warm Weather is on the Horizon

June is here and that means warmer weather is on the horizon…

With that being said, now is a good time to start thinking about upgrading your restaurant’s patio furniture.  By the time it’s ordered and shipped, it will arrive just in time for that bright orb in the sky to warm your patrons, drink in hand.  Some patio trends we are seeing lately are comfortable sofa/ lounge seating areas…who said that you have to have a sofa indoors? Check out the Tatta collection from Tropicasual (American Trading) www.amtradeco.com.  Stocked in the Expresso color and complimented with a bold cushion color, this line will create a unique, comfortable and casual patio area.Image Courtesy of American Trading Company

Gone are the days of the standard plastic molded seats. There are so many fun options out there, including faux teak, metals, plastics and wovens. If you’re seeking a little relief from the sun, you might want to think about adding patio umbrellas, as well. Order your table with an umbrella hole and you will have the flexibility to add some shade to your deck if need be. If you need help or a creative eye, we can lead you in the right direction and offer you some great products as well as cost effective solutions. Summer’s coming – enjoy the sun and don’t forget your sunscreen (or your new patio sets!)

Remodeling a Classic

Changing a classic bar into a sleek & modern bar while keeping the integrity of the classic space – A change such as this poses many challenges. Having recently remodeled CI Shenanigans on Ruston Way in Tacoma, WA. this classic ‘good ‘ol boys’ bar had stood the test of time for many years, but the owner wanted something fresh and new to draw in a younger crowd. While we retained many of the existing design elements of the space, we were able to incorporate these elements and transform it into a sleek and modern atmosphere.

The new and more modern bar now has back lit glass columns & glowing frosted resin shelving that provide the appearance of liquor bottles suspended or floating off the wall. Barstools were replaced with a comfortable modern seat and the bar top was brightened up with a clean white granite top with a hard edge to continue the modern feel.  New floor tile in addition to the updated lighting changed the space in order to create an appeal to cater to a younger generation, but yet leave elements of the classic feel that the restaurant is known for.

Check out the time lapse video of the transformation:

Time for a Change

A decade of heavy use will cause the best materials to fail.

Seven years ago we did a small renovation for a local, well known establishment with a long history. Being a high use, well-oiled restaurant not to mention a local land mark, it’s time for another face lift. This particular face lift will be a much more extensive overhaul of the interior finishes and will include major kitchen upgrades. After seven years, the materials are just now starting to show their age through their wear patterns. The carpet has been particularly abused and is well worn in heavy trafficked areas. Their tabletop laminate has also been worn to it’s core and is in need of an update. Plus, trends and colors have changed over the years and seven years seems to be that sweet spot when an establishment should seriously consider an update before it begins to look dated and worn out.

When we design a new restaurant we always take the customer’s best interest to heart. We don’t use anything less than the best most durable finishes for commercial applications. The owner has specifically requested materials that will last another seven years without showing the wear patterns that are happening to some of the materials now. Since this location carries much history, this time around we are choosing an even more durable approach. In order to create further longevity, we are looking at stained concrete floors as opposed to carpet and hand holds on the back of the chairs to minimize the wear and tear of the chair back material.

As a designer we have access to hundreds of highly durable materials along with years of experience that will help give your facility the to stand the test of time. Keep an eye out for new and exciting things to come for this local landmark.

Small Changes can have a BIG Impact

Want to make a big impact on a tight budget? A few upgrades can make a huge impact to your space. Check out these lights by Recesso Lighting. These fixtures transform an ordinary recessed can light into a spectacular custom fixture. By utilizing their conversion kit you can customize your space from something bland to something WOW!

In just 3 easy steps most modern fixtures can be upgraded from humdrum recessed lights to something modern. If your establishment is just looking a little dated and is in need of just a little updating we encourage you start with small changes like replacing your recessed lights to see if that’s all you need to make a drastic change in your appearance. Of course, if you’re in need of a complete update give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to guide your establishment in the right direction!

For more information about Recesso lighting and to see the full catalog visit. www.recessolighting.com