Still Finishing — Week 13

After weeks of anticipation, the KGI team arrived in Annapolis last Friday afternoon.  They worked through the weekend to install the major decorative elements in the restaurant.

Here’s a picture of the dining area with the new railings (picket fence on the right, wrought iron on the left) and giant trellis hanging from the ceiling.  Once we put the tables and chairs together this weekend, the dining area will be nearly complete.

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My favorite part of the restaurant so far is the order counter area — I think the backyard-iness is really coming together in this space.  The picture below shows the striped awnings above the windows, the trellis above the order counter, the “pie window,” the lantern lights, and the garden hose-trimmed menu boards.

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While I have been informed that bathroom pictures are not interesting, I’m posting one anyway.  There is still some work to be done (like installing a faucet), but I think it’s looking good — the tiling, lantern lights, and lattice mirror repeat the design elements of the main areas.

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KGI goes to work on the exterior tomorrow, so we’ll have some good pictures by the end of the weekend.

Finishing Up — Week 12

I’ll blame the delay in posts on holiday events, because there was no shortage of progress on the site over the past couple weeks.  BGC is finishing up — laying the final floor tiles, applying the last pieces of exterior slate, installing restroom fixtures, and painting the patio railing.

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Meanwhile, the Gill Group has been delivering and installing pieces of kitchen equipment.  Here’s a picture of the “Cold Prep” area in the kitchen.  The window on the left looks out into the back corridor, so guests can peek inside the kitchen.

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The focal point of the restaurant is the 60″ grill that faces the dining area.  The grill itself will be part of a larger installation of hooding and custom fabricated stainless steel pieces.  The picture below shows the giant stainless steel hood sitting on the floor waiting to be hung above the grill.

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KGI, the “finishing” contractors arrive on Friday to install the final decorative elements.  They have spent the past few months building our cabinetry, exterior signage, awnings, menu boards, and ceiling decor in their Ohio factory.  So they’ll load up an eighteen-wheeler and haul everything over to Annapolis to begin installation.  Since everything is already built, the transformation over the next three days should be remarkable.

Painting and Tiles — Week 9

The past week of construction was full of painting and tile work.  Much of the interior painting is complete, and the tile guys have been hard at work installing the dining room floor and the decorative interior walls.

Here’s a picture of the floor tiles being laid out in a herringbone pattern.

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Tiles, Walls, and Frames — Week 6

The second half of last week was rainy and wet, so plans to install the slate siding on the building were delayed. But framing for the floor to ceiling windows and the entry vestibule continued.

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