Check out Google Street View to take a stroll around our place! You can even walk through the side door to The Shakedown!
Sometimes, through challenges and flaws come the better ideas. The wall behind the bar, where the back bar shelving goes, was just trashed and ugly. We didn’t want to cover it with mirrors as you so often see bars do (and they do for good reason, but it just wasn’t the way we wanted to go), and simply painting it wouldn’t have been sufficient.
Thanks to pinterest, we came up with an idea that’s ended up looking gorgeous. Plywood and black stain.
Marty installs the new wall.
And here’s the new wall looking awesome.
Mike Talbott built a tab box out of left over pieces of bleacher board for us. Looks amazing against the black wall.
There was little lighting in the space when we moved in that we’ve kept. Lighting can get expensive QUICK and on our tight budget we had a challenge to find fixtures that complemented our vision and didn’t cost a fortune. Luckily, we had some black gooseneck barn lights that were purchased for The Shakedown but never used to get us started.
Here are the goosenecks at the front of the space. In the day time, there’s so much sunlight these are barely necessary.
Above the bar
This corner is a different “zone” than the other two in the front. It’s more the “dark bar corner” and will have a long black vinyl bench so a slightly different aesthetic is appropriate. We had the toughest time trying to figure out what to hang here. Until I came across a chandelier on craigslist. It needed to be stained black, but somehow it ended up being PERFECT.
The bar top was one of the first things to be finished, months ago. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the last things to go in. Thanks to G.R. Plume for storing it for so long!
It’s an enormous, gorgeous piece of wood (see more from the post a few months ago), and we had to hire movers to help get it from Ferndale to it’s new home.
We have a REALLY narrow space to work with for the working area behind the bar. We’ve maximized space by cutting into the wall a little (the wall space between The Racket and The Shakedown is HUGE, so that helps).
Here, we have a hole for the back bar cooler.
And here, we have a cooler in the cooler hole. Spencer demonstrates what it might look like to have someone pour you a beer.
Part of transforming The Racket space is removing the “retail space” feel and letting some of the old hotel bits and pieces show through and make it feel more like a cozy restaurant/bar. We’ve done this at the front of the space by painting the old molding black, installing a window that opens, removing the old retail door and installing a door we found in a basement that used to live on the Daylight building across the street.
Spencer works on the trim around the upper windows (and you can see the retail door here).
Old door gone.
New door in.
Looks like it was always meant to be.
The upstairs pinball lounge has gone from “storage space” to something that’s really starting to look like a cool place to hang out.
We’ve put tile down over an area that was finished with plywood. We’ve scrubbed down and polished the original, very abused, hardwood floors. We’re just about ready to move some pinball machines in…
This old building has a lot of history, it started it’s life as a hotel in 1903 and has had a multitude of tenants and remodels since. In the little bit of digging in the walls we’ve done, we’ve found a few interesting things here and there.
But this has been our favorite, so far. Yesterday, when removing some drywall to install a switch-board, the electricians found this:
Hold your horses friend! It won’t be long.