Restaurant Development & Design

March-April 2017

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3 2 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T 2 0 1 7 UP GROUND FROM THE Finding the right flooring for a food- service operation — whether it's a new establishment or a remodel of an existing facility — can be a tough job. It not only has to stand up to the rigorous pounding it gets from a steady stream of custom- ers, but it has to withstand harsh chemi- cal cleaning. Since it's a major invest- ment, it has to be durable as well. And of course, it should be attractive. When the success of her Grand Central Bagel Café in Lancaster, Penn., allowed owner Janae Smiley to expand into the storefront next door, she was faced with just such a decision. With a menu that goes beyond simply bagels and coffee into lunchtime salads and sandwiches, Grand Central has a steady stream of customers throughout the day. "Grand Central has been around for 21 years," Smiley says. "We started in 1995 and expanded the business from one side of the unit to taking over the second side. So we inherited an old floor that I just went with when we put on the addition. We have five to six hundred people walking through here every day, so it gets abused a lot." With all the flooring options avail- able to her, Smiley chose new Natural Creations ® Luxury Flooring with Diamond 10 ® Technology from Armstrong Flooring. Natural Creations Luxury Flooring comes in a wide variety of patterns to reflect the natural look so popular in today's designs. Whether it's a wood grain, an earth tone, a mineral-inspired look or a modern pat- tern, there's a Natural Creations product to fit any concept. Installation is fast and easy; in the case of Grand Central, the entire floor was put in after the café closed in the afternoon, which meant no downtime. "We're extremely excited that this whole process of installing the floors could be done in the evening when we're closed," says Smiley. There's no question that Natural Creations Luxury Flooring can stand up to tough treatment, as Janae Smiley can attest to firsthand. "While we were mov- ing the tables back after the floor was just installed, we dropped a table. It got knocked over. I was mortified," she said. "But there was no mark, no scratch, no nothing on the floor. So that was great — that was the 'proof in the pudding' that it's everything they're claiming it to be." Part of that toughness comes from the unique Armstrong Flooring Diamond 10 Technology, which uses cultured diamonds to make the flooring extra resistant to scuffs, scratches and stains. For Grand Central Bagel Café, Armstrong Flooring is helping drive a fresh new look. "I can't wait to finish the [remodeling] project so that everything else looks as nice and fresh as the floor does," says Smiley, who calls Natural Creations with Diamond 10 Technology "the best thing since sliced bagels!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves. GRAND CENTRAL BAGEL CHOOSES THE NATURAL LOOK IN FLOORING Natural Creations Luxury Flooring is not only stylish but also durable. This scratch-, stain- and scuff-resistant luxury vinyl tile is perfect for both front and back of house.

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