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.
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.