Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lucky's Southern Grill - James Island, SC

One of the things I am liking most about the practice right now is that we can offer different levels of service to different clients and avoid falling into a pigeonhole about what we do in terms of restaurant design.  Its nice to have a range from King St. fine dining to affordable neighborhood favorite.

Lucky's is the first solo-venture of my friend John Davis and his wife Kimberly.  The time line was very tight and the budget limited for the conversion of a defunct Applebee's into a comfortable southern dining room and bar.  David Thompson Architect served a limited function as a design consultant offering advice more than anything; colors, fixtures, finishes, etc.



Saturday, January 14, 2012

FIG - Version 2.0

It is a challenge to renovate a space that most people already love.  This was the case with FIG but after 8 years, it was time for a face lift.  Our goal was to enhance what was great about FIG rather than dramatically change it - we wanted to offer a more sophisticated version of what everyone had become used to.  Re-opening Monday, come check out new wood floors, wall finishes, bathrooms, bar finishes, wall sconces and custom leather booths and banquette.

The Grocery

The Grocery is starting to fill out.  We recently made some modifications to the bar.  Mirrors from Bob Hines should install this week and a tryptic painting for the private dining room is in process.  We had a great meal on Friday night and the place was packed.  Congratulations to Kevin and Susan.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

FIG - renovation

We are halfway through a marathon renovation of FIG.  Starting Sunday David Willis and his crew from Southeastern Construction began work in the kitchen, bar, dining room and restrooms.  Potentially by the weekend, diners will see new floors and wall finishes, some minor changes in the bar and dining room and all new bathrooms.  We also changed out the old storefront entrance which should be much easier for staff and patrons alike.

Kickin' Chicken Downtown "coop"


Friday, January 6, 2012

FIG renovation

The cat is out of the bag and I am excited to see our design come to fruition for a FIG face lift.  In a short time, they will have new floors and wall finishes, minor improvements to the bar and complete bathroom upgrades.  Ceiling to follow -

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/Eat/archives/2012/01/06/fig-closing-for-a-winter-spruce-up

Lucky's Southern Grill

A great review in The City Paper for my friend John Davis' new venture -

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/Eat/archives/2012/01/06/first-bite-luckys-southern-grill

I was happy to offer some limited design consultation in his effort to replace the old James Island Applebees with a simple, comfortable family restaurant.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Best Wishes for 2012 - David, Justin and Megan