This is our second time working with the amazing Giordano’s restaurant. Our first project together was very intense; with tight deadlines and a unique location we were new to (Navy Pier). This time we would be working on a different location of this amazing pizza chain and we would need to replicate some of the same design elements we utilized for the last Chicago location.
The goal of the project was to make the space look modern yet industrial and for that reason the client wanted to focus on wrought iron steel coupled with black paint. They were looking for windows facing the kitchen that would allow customers watch their pizza be made, as well as large ones that went floor to ceiling for the area when you first come into the restaurant. The installations needed to provide safety as well as noise suppression.
As we do not do any glass work, we needed to ensure that our framing would be precisely measured and made so that the contractors providing the glass are able to prepare and install their glass into our frames with ease. We did all the precise measurements of the opening areas and began our fabrication process. We offered the client snap shots of how their product was coming along at several stages during fabrication so that they could see the progress for themselves. We finished the installation by applying 2 coats of oil base black paint to ensure the final durability of the product.
We then delivered the final product and installed it at the location. Once we were done with that the glass manufacturers will go in to put in all the glass and during our prep work we make sure that they can easily come in and finish off the job. Typically when we work with other contractors who specialize in a varied number of fields such as carpentry, we do our best from day one to make sure we are all on the same page so that everyone does not have any surprises during the installation phase.
This project was fairly easy to install but weighed quite a bit as it was all out of wrought iron. We sometimes recommend aluminum as it is much lighter but it can be a bit more expensive, depending on the project.
We love the opportunity to work with large restaurants and solve their design problems, or help in completing a design element they have been looking for. We always strive to focus on functionality coupled with design.
If you have any questions about a particular wrought iron window or any custom metal work – please do not hesitate to reach out to us!