American Flatbread opened its Middlebury bakery and restaurant in the Marble Works District, in 2002. This spring, Stark Mountain helped the owners undertake a significant renovation to reconfigure the entrance area and expand the bar.
The new U-shaped bar seats 18. It has a 2¼” solid wood top made from locally sourced woods including cherry, beech, hickory, white oak, quilted maple and some very old Vermont walnut. On the face of the bar we used Valchromat to make the frames that surround panels of smooth-sanded, reclaimed barn board. LED down lighting illuminates the panels and gives the bar a welcoming glow.
Above the bar is a lighted soffit, designed to help define the area and provide more intimate lighting. The soffit was built to mimic the steel framework found throughout the space. It is illuminated by backlit 3Form panels. We also designed 11 pendant lights that are suspended from the soffit. They were made with Valchromat and light diffusing panels from 3Form. The new host station also has a back-lit panel from 3Form.
By expanding the bar area, American Flatbread has been able to double their offering of local beers and will soon be offering a full range of local spirits. A popular local restaurant reimagined.
A recent 1,900 square feet addition to the workshop enabled the assembly of a very large maple ceiling roundel for a new fireplace alcove at the University of Vermont. The roundel is above a fireplace, and the chimney goes up through the middle. What started out as an interesting drawing:
Became a large framework.
The framework was stained black and then maple panels, finished with a clear lacquer finish, were inserted, with spacers between.
The recent extensive renovation of this downtown Middlebury restaurant, now named The Lobby and owned by chef/owner Michel Mahr, was accomplished by working with designer Rebecca Duffy. The unusual building is located on the banks of Otter Creek, just upstream from the falls. It was originally designed by architect John Anderson to resemble a cruise ship on the river.
The primary wood used for the cabinetry was white oak, stained dark. One of the most dramatic features of the renovation is the new front and back bar. The front bar is twenty-five feet long overall, built completely of white oak, with a two-foot wide top surface covered in zinc. The back bar consists of built-in open shelves for displaying liquor bottles and glasses.
The Lobby’s front and back bar.
Bottles in the half mirrored doors on the tall upper shelves are lit by LED lights and are reached by a purpose-built library ladder on a curved track (top photo, far right side).
White oak bench and table tops.
White oak booths and table tops.
A cozy nook.
An antique wash stand retrofitted into a server station with zinc counter and faucet.