Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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5 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 • J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 UP DN UP UP TO 2ND FLOOR 1ST FLOOR UP BASEMENT Smoker Enclosure Kitchen Ordering Line Dining Areas Outdoor Dining Prep Area/ To-Go To-Go/Pickup Window Storage Area Storage Area DN DN DN 2ND FLOOR Some of the wall decor, of course, is more particular to the concept. The upstairs dining area also features a hand- painted mural with images of a pig and a chicken along with brand statements like "only the best." In keeping with the au- thenticity of its restaurants — this location in particular — a unique mural is designed for each location. While the operators could have used a vinyl wall covering or stencil, hand-painting is more in line with the au- thentic, natural materials used throughout. Work with the Building The new 4 Rivers Atlanta location has been open for several months now. Though it was a challenging project, it almost certainly isn't the chain's final move into a historic structure. Buildings like the firehouse have too much character — and fit too well with the 4 Rivers mission — to ignore. To make it through projects like this smoothly, operators and designers can't be too set on a particular vision, says Monica Rivers. Instead, they have to be willing to adjust on the fly and make the best out of what is possible. "Any time you go into an old building like that, you have a vision and an idea of what you want it to be," says Monica Rivers. "But you have to hold your hands loosely and be ready to roll with the punches the building's going to throw. It's going to have an idea of what it wants to be also. You have to work with that building. Sometimes the building pushed a little harder than we wanted, but everyone ended up winning in the end." + 4 RIVERS SMOKEHOUSE IS ON A MISSION

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