Blaze Restaurant is a successful craft beer & farm-to-table restaurant serving wood-fired cuisine offered in an upmarket American kitchen with stylish décor. Located in Bangor, Maine – a city once touted as “the lumber capital of the world,” Maine’s Queen City is one of those boom-bust towns that never quite went bust, and is making a comeback.
The client’s intent was to bring back the feeling of that industrial lumber town, and complement it with reinterpretations of local building products, updated finishes, reclaimed materials, elegant lighting, and a cushy, refined, atmosphere.
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THE EA DESIGN SOLUTION
Situated on the first floor of what is known as the Webster Treat block – a six-bay brick structure built in the Italianate style in 1869, it took nearly six months to both remove over a century of patchwork construction, and to repair the existing bones of the building. The original wood timber framing, peach and apricot load-bearing brick walls, and historic tin ceilings were saved. The design took cues from these elements but pushed to expand, and harmonize notions of tradition and common history with contemporary design. Blaze is the result of this synergy.
The flooring consists of wide pine boards that were face-nailed with antique cut nails. In primary areas, suspended ACT ceilings resembling the original Wellington pattern were used. This has enabled customers to understand each other easily in an hard-scape that would have created reverberation. Maine Heritage Timber supplied era-appropriate reclaimed timber from the bottom of Quakish Lake, a tributary of the Penobscot River. This was applied along a sweeping top-lit wall to create a richly textured backdrop to dining. Reclaimed river wood was also used to create the “live-edge” bar display.
The restaurant relies on two brick ovens that were built using reclaimed brick found in the fireplace foundation of a turn of the 19th century farmhouse in Holden, Maine. These ovens were designed to allow the recycling of their heat to the second floor, using a chimney that is situated within the stairway.