The Construction of The Progress

Chefs Feed shares an inside look at the Construction of The Progress, a restaurant from the minds behind State Bird Provisions.

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[MUSIC] [SOUND] Designing a restaurant is no joke. There was a moment where I was like, oh my god, I feel like I'm inside a pressure cooker. And the pressure cooker, Level has gone to level two and all of that steam is spewing out and it's like [NOISE]. You know, I mean the building posed a lot of challenges. [MUSIC] As we were trenching for the plumbing, we found a sidewalk. This building it was put together in like 1911. Thirty years later the wall was pushed back about six feet rather than removing the side walk they had just covered it with dirt and re-cemented over it and ta da done, but there was no way we could work around it. [MUSIC] The whole roof has been replaced. [NOISE] It needed to get replaced. And there were some rotted sections of it that were removed. [BLANK_AUDIO] And of course the day that they took it off was the one day it rained during our massive drought season. [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] It looks fantastic and the great thing is it's guaranteed for 25 years. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] They tell you, every time when we need help, it's twice as long and costs twice as much. It's not totally true. But it's not far from the truth either. I don't know if it can ever be improved. You can plan and plan and plan. And you knock down a wall and find something. And all of the sudden it's rotted. And you've gotta bring a structural engineer out. That sucks. And you have no idea, no one has any idea. You can look at the models that the designer makes and sort of feel like you're walking through the space but once you're in it and you feel the volume and the different elevations and how it feels to walk through the door and what your eyes are drawn to. It definitely informs. Just like the last wall, which was merely just an observation being a part of it every day This entire wall, this was all built with the old lac and plaster style. This is all pre drywall. We're gonna do kind of a big mural or something up there. And seeing it go actually this 100 years of history, that's its own little mural. [MUSIC] You just get lost in the detail. We got 1500 square feet of wood floor and you're like, "Is it chocolate brown, is it charcoal, or is it black? Am I going to ruin this by making the wrong decision?" So you start to Freaking out about it. [BLANK_AUDIO] I mean, if this took us three weeks just in this room to figure out the right paint and finally we, yeah, a shade of white. And finally we just decided, and then all of the sudden it's up, and you're like, this looks Awesome. When you look at every little detail and you start scrutinizing everything. And then you realize, well, how many other people are going to actually see that? So texture is kind of abundant in this restaurant. It's a visual texture. It's 100 year old ceiling that has a lot of blemishes. We decided to gloss it out. [MUSIC] Super high gloss which shows every blemish [MUSIC] I worked with the plaster on the plaster walls. We created kind of a design that mirrored the laugh. I didn't want it perfect, and there's no word for imperfection in the sub contractor's vocabulary. And so I really like had to work with them. We had to a redo a wall as we were going. [MUSIC] [SOUND] It's an amazing storefront. [SOUND] It's distorted, but you can make out that it's a car. You can make out that there's people. But as they're just a few feet back, they're just all kind of like their movements that happen. [MUSIC] Real life design matters Staring with the curve on the ceiling, now there's just these subtle reminders all throughout the space of curves. The bar where the octagon tile meets the concrete kick That meets the bronze sheet. There are these three distinctive materials that look so very different. Yeah. You can actually get a picture of all three, and there's just these soft transitions. Cuz it's underneath the bar, so most people aren't going to necessarily even See it, but it's such a cool thing that happens. How we think about this space, and how we think about our food, they're one in the same. Real, kind of classic, yet these modern nuances, and then these like boom, super pops that come out of nowhere. I wanted the idea of when you went into the bathroom, to be like entering a drum set. [MUSIC] So with the original idea was to wrap the whole bathrooms in like Zildjan drum wraps or something, which I thought was so cool until we got the price tag on it, and was like ok. [MUSIC] You know, we started talking about different things and glitter was one of them. We had to our mix recipe, like how much silver. How much bronze. [LAUGH] Yeah, we really had to kind of mix master it. [LAUGH] Yeah. 250 pounds of glitter. My Little Pony on LSD action going on. [LAUGH] And we've had to definitely make some adjustments to the original design. [BLANK_AUDIO] We've actually had to cut some things off that we built. [BLANK_AUDIO] And I just changed kind of a little bit of how the dining room would look like. 2 seats. These look like they would be the worst seats in the restaurant. [LAUGH] I'd rather not have the worst seats in the restaurant if we can avoid it. It's like 85 percent of the project is just like building behind the layers. But once you start seeing like all these like the fixtures, the tables, and chairs go in, that's when you're like Yeah. This is awesome. [MUSIC] Yeah, it feels good. It feels really good. I think it's super too that any of our->> Yeah. Ideas of what it would actually look like and feel like. It feels as if it's been here for years. [MUSIC]
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