Five New Restaurant Design and Construction Projects featured in New Portfolio

The five restaurant design and construction projects, built by Portland and Seattle general contractor Hammer & Hand and designed by top Northwest architects and designers, showcase the fruits of designer-builder-restaurateur collaboration.

universal design retrofit by Hammer & Hand and ReFitPortland, Oregon

Today, Portland and Seattle remodeling contractor Hammer & Hand unveiled a new portfolio of restaurant design and construction projects showcasing five recently-completed restaurant renovations designed by three leading restaurant designers and architects for four thriving Portland restaurant entrepreneurs. Each restaurant renovation demanded speedy work by both builder and designer.

“Quick arrival at ‘Opening Night’ is mission critical for restaurant ventures,” said Hammer & Hand CEO Daniel Thomas. “So to succeed in restaurant design and construction you’ve got to enjoy the sprint.”

Hammer & Hand’s restaurant build-out for Portland ice cream rising star Salt & Straw, designed by Portland architect John Cooley, was no exception.

“It’s an ice cream shop, so we recognized that the bulk of the owner’s business happens in a 4-month window,” said Hammer & Hand project supervisor Kevin Guinn. “Our job was to get in, get out, and get her open. The shop opened the second week of August, just four weeks after work started.”

As a high performance building specialist and Passive House builder, Hammer & Hand’s restaurant build-outs also focus on energy performance and user experience, as at the Xico restaurant, completed in partnership with Scott|Edwards Architecture.

“The new restaurant’s energy savings support Xico’s sustainability ethos,” said Thomas. “But equally important is the quality of the experience inside the restaurant. We worked to create a human space, where the nature of the air and atmosphere put you at ease.”

In addition to the aforementioned Xico and Salt and Straw build-outs, Hammer & Hand’s new restaurant design and construction portfolio includes Salt and Straw NW, Nuvrei Patisserie (designed by bright designlab), and an upcycled furniture installation for Portobello Vegan Trattoria.
“From the start, the chef, managers and owners at Xico were motivated by the desire to reach for the very best,” said Thomas, “and this commitment to excellence was matched by the build-out of the space.”

Visit our restaurant build out portfolio to view these projects and learn more about the five restaurant renovation projects.

About Hammer And Hand

With offices in Portland and Seattle, general contractor Hammer And Hand is dedicated to stewardship of the built environment through craft and science, everything from traditional home remodels to commercial tenant improvements to modernist high performance structures. The contractor can be reached at its Portland office at (503) 232-2447, or at its Seattle office at (206) 397-0558.

About Xico

Xico focuses are fresh organic masa ground in-house, fresh handmade cheeses, chiles, chocolate, good beans, mezcal, sherry, wine and beer. They draw from the deep, broad cuisines of Mexico, and strive to provide exceptional, knowledgeable service in a lively, lovely dining room. Chef Kelly Myers and GM Elizabeth Davis are committed to serving flavorful, memorable food and drinks that delight. Menus, hours, reservations and more information at  (503) 548-6343.

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