Restaurant Development & Design

MAR-APR 2018.

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6 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 • M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 FIREPOINT GRILL of the design inspiration for the exterior." Featuring a series of intersecting elements and overlapping flat roof panes at various heights, evocative of some of Wright's later work, the building's facade incorporates warm woods, slate and black iron. Full-scale timbers sourced from a group of local Amish barn builders line the entry section. A large, freestanding vertical gray slate wall along another section of the facade is both a dramatic visual element and a defining structure for the 130-seat outdoor patio that sits behind it. Within that slate wall, a large glass fireplace that can be illuminated in a variety of colors provides ambience for the patio and, as it's double-sided and visible from the parking lot, acts as a beacon for arriving guests. Another striking element of the facade, flanking the entry, is a 30-foot- high, illuminated vertical wall section holding stacked firewood. "When you get out of your car, you can smell the wood, see that visual and the burning fireplace, and hear the music from the patio, which has its own very large bar and beautiful wood-beamed ceiling. It's really inviting and energetic, even before you step inside," Paxos says. Inside, the Wright-influenced design ethos of simple lines and natural materials — wood, iron, brick, stone and leather — continues, as do both overt and subtle references to fire. Upon entering, an immediate focal point is the large, rectangular bar that occupies the center of the main dining room, fronting the kitchen. With seating for up to 30 guests, the bar is the "social epicenter" of the restaurant, accord- ing to Pandolfi, and was designed to be completely open. There's no back bar to Project Team Firepoint Grill: Owner George Paxos, Corporate Chef Christopher Heath Building and interior design: Jeffrey Beers International: Jeffrey Beers, Michael Pandolfi, Monika Chmielewska, Michael Black, Jennifer Bonelli Architect of record: Howard Kulp Architects: Howard Kulp Kitchen design: Next Step Design: Russell Stilwell Lighting design: Reveal Design Group: Levia Lew General contractor: Boyle Construction: Ken Duerholz, Jeff Shanahan Long wood beams against high exposed ceilings; concrete-look porcelain tile flooring; muted colors and soft lighting combine to create a warm, comfort- able, loft-like look and feel.

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