Category Archives: Restaurants

City Cafe Diner – Huntsville, Alabama

The City Cafe Diner is a wonderful restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama.  The surrounding area is going through various renovations and the owners wanted to update their curb appeal to better reflect their dining experience.

Existing Restaurant Exterior
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 1
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 2
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 3

The Vista Room

This project involved converting a liquor store into a new special events room for Napoleons Grill in Decatur.  The project began with meetings with national musicians to discuss layout, sound and lighting.  The final design included extra space for the existing kitchen, a first class green room and state of the art lighting.

This is destined to become a “go to” place for both local and national performers.


Yeero Village

We have worked with the Owner of Yeero Village on many restaurant projects. They are able to assemble a team of craftsman that do incredible work on remodels.  This building, located in Marietta, Georgia, was originally built as a Backyard Burger and later renovated into Nicky’s Diner.

Exterior Before Renovations
Exterior Before Renovations
Before Renovations
Before Renovations

The most challenging part of restaurant renovations is taking the new clients needs and equipment and making it work in the existing space provided and existing plumbing locations.  We were able to provide the clients needs in the existing kitchen with minimal renovations.

Stout Brothers – Inman Park

Stout Brothers is a simply designed retail store for specialty or craft beers.  Draft beer is poured into a container or growler to take off the premises.

It is located near Atlanta, Georgia in a mixed use building with retail on the street level and residential living above.

The City Cellar – Cartersville, Georgia

I recently paid a visit to a restaurant I designed in the basement of a historic building in downtown Cartersville, Georgia.  About 15 years ago I was commissioned to provide the design for M’Vorneens Pub that proved to be one of the most challenging projects I have worked on to date.

Bar Built Around the Solid Wood Frames Supporting the Floor
Bar Built Around the Solid Wood Frames Supporting the Floor

What made this project difficult was what we had to work with.  The old building used to be a parts warehouse and to say the floor system was over designed is an understatement.  Solid 14″x14″ wood columns were spaced in a grid that supported large solid wood beams.  At each column there was an additional beam which left a head clearance of less than 5′-6″.  The entire design had to work around these columns and take into account the low clearances.

The final design resulted in the main bar encompassing the four main columns and has about 30 seats.  The bar top is solid steel and was constructed and welded on site.  New walls that were built were built under the wood beams.  Amazingly we were able to squeeze in a full service kitchen.

The space changed hands 6 years ago and the new owner of The City Cellar has kept most of the original elements that create this magnificent small town pub and restaurant.

As a side note, The City Cellar has incredible food and service.



Caspian Grill

Old Wendy's
Old Wendy’s

This project involved converting an old Wendy’s fast food restaurant in to a fine dining Mediterranean Grill.  Saving money by reusing existing resources such as bathrooms, exhaust cooking hoods and walk-in coolers can be a challenge.

Old Wendy's
Old Wendy’s

After the design of the interior is complete and focusing on good flow and workability for both customers and employees, the exterior had to be addressed.

This Wendy’s had been in this location for over 20 years and it was very important to provide a new look and vibe that matches the new restaurants cuisine and vibe.   This was accomplished by vibrant paint colors and new metal canopies.  A covered outdoor dining area has been added that can seat 36 people.

The final result is an attractive and functioning dining facility that has little reminder of it’s past as a fast food hamburger joint.

Carmines Pizzeria

Carmines is a family owned Pizzeria and Bar in Johns Creek, Georgia.  With over 150 restaurants designed, WJM Designs was able to come up with a cost-effective plan for both the kitchen and restaurant that flow well and is functional for the employees.

CONTRACTOR:  DNA Contracting

Vine and Tap – Atlanta, Georgia

Vine and Tap is a 3500 square foot Wine Bar located on Lenox Road near Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.  The space had a very small commercial kitchen area which provided a challenge to accommodate the needs of Vine and Tap.

This beautifully decorated facility is complete with a private wine tasting room and outdoor patio.

CONTRACTOR:  DNA Contracting

Carriage House Catering – Marietta, Georgia


Putting a full catering kitchen in a building that is over 120 years old was a fascinating challenge.

The Carriage House sits on the rear of the property where the Whitlock Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Marietta, Georgia.  Over the years it has been used for many purposes.  The biggest challenge was fitting in all the equipment with out moving walls and minimizing any new doors and openings.  Being a historic structure, we also wanted to maintain the integrity of the original structure.  The City of Marietta was helpful in finding ways to accomplish this as it is not possible to bring a structure such as this up to date with current codes.

Along with our many years in restaurant design and with the experience of the Catering Company’s chef we were able to design a well functioning kitchen including prep areas and a dish-washing area.  A commercial hood was installed for the fully functioning cook line.  The result was a very tight space with every nook and cranny used and at the same time very practical.

The space has been  so successful for the company and their business they are currently looking to relocate to a much larger space.