Restaurant Development & Design

MAY-JUN 2017

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M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 • 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 • 5 1 The operation's development process, from concept to real-estate selection to layout and design, was driven by the opportunity to bring the Cedar Tavern bar back to life. Purchased by Austin-based busi- ness partners John Scott and Eddy Patterson shortly after the tavern closed, the bar was disassembled and stored in a climate-controlled warehouse for nearly a decade before being shipped to Austin for its reincarnation. While the bar rested in storage, Scott and Patterson, who separately own other restaurants in Aus- tin, worked to find a location that could accommodate its 40-foot length and elaborate 11-foot-high back bar. They found their spot five years ago: a big, concrete bunker of a space on South Lamar Boulevard in downtown Aus- tin. The post-World War II building, which once housed a print shop, measures more than 14,000 square feet and offered plenty of space in which to give the Cedar Tavern bar a warm Texas welcome. As adaptive reuse projects go, Eberly was a doozy in both size and complexity. To make it happen, Scott and Patterson brought in two additional general partners, independent interior designer Mickie Spencer and general contractor Michael Dickson of ICON De- sign + Build. Both are players in Austin's thriving restaurant scene, contributing award-winning project work as well as separately having ownership stakes in several local operations. Their first task was to figure out how to delineate all of that space. "From the beginning, we knew that it would be very tough to pull off a single-entity restau- rant that big. There's just no way you're going to keep it full," says Dickson. "So we shifted our thinking and worked to create a layout that would showcase the bar but also allow for intimacy and a va- riety of experiences within the building." The end result is what the Eberly team describes as "a thoughtful collection of dining, drinking and thinking spaces." Named for Angelina Eberly, a local innkeeper who, in 1846, fired a canon to stave off a rebellion and preserve Austin as the capital of Texas, Eberly encompasses distinct areas that by virtue of strategic layout and smart design comfortably coex- ist and complement. The largest area is a 2,170-square-foot main dining room with its own bar on one end of the building (under 9-foot ceilings where the old print shop's offices had been), and the second largest is the 1,900-square-foot Cedar Tavern bar on the other end (under 14-foot ceilings where its warehouse was). Project Team Co-founders: John Scott, Eddy Patterson Interior design/general partner: Mickie Spencer Contractor/general partner: Michael Dickson, ICON Design + Build Architect: Clayton & Little Architects Bar reconstruction: Jonas Dufor, ICON Design + Build Stained-glass restoration: Kokomo Opalescent Glass Concrete artistry: Paul Oglesby Plaster artistry: Kevin McCormick Furniture, millwork: Michael Yates Custom lighting, mosaics: Mickie Spencer Signage: Evan Voyles, The Neon Jungle Left: After being stored for a decade and shipped to Austin in hundreds of pieces, New York's legendary Cedar Tavern bar was meticulously reconstructed and shines again in Eberly. All photos by Merrick Ales Left & Below: Housed in a large, concrete building built in the 1950s, Eberly's clean, modern exterior juxtaposes nicely with its richly textured, multilayered interior. An 800-square-foot patio was created off the study by removing concrete ceiling panels from what was once interior space. Those panels were cut and repurposed as pavers, and artificial turf between them lends a modern English garden feel.

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