Land Faculty design had contacted us to help them build Filistix's first stand-alone restaurant in an office tower. Filistix is a very popular cafeteria style vendor on the U of A and MacEwan campuses. They had started in a food truck years ago, and due to their incredible edibles, they were ready to evolve once again into a ground breaking new venture.
The Filistix guys are seasoned pros in the kitchen, they knew what they wanted, and we had to make it work.
The building was old, and was formerly a retail clothing store. All the infrastructure and services that a busy restaurant needs would have to be built from scratch.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the kitchen exhaust would have to be built through the neighbouring Subway restaurant's ceiling. Some serious planning and negotiating would need to take place to keep all parties happy.
We were tasked with upgrading all of the building's services while maintaining the footprint that the designer had laid out. Every inch of space would need to be utilized to retain the optimal kitchen ergonomics for their assembly line style. Retrofit also took on the millwork and masonry imagined by Land Faculty: mahogany ceiling panels, unique white oak benches, and the creative use of utility cinder blocks.
Our millwork division "Knock-Out" had the pleasure of taking a large role in this project. We devised a new system for a cnc router-cut bench assembly that we are now using on another project, and had another first with 4' x 4' veneered wooden screen ceiling panels creating one of the larger design elements in the space.
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