Garner & Wake Forest, NC
Garner & Wake Forest, NC
Goals: The client wanted to purchase, expand and renovate the existing building to create a strong brand image for the company that was representational of repurposed industrial buildings native to owners’ Buffalo, New York hometown area. This project represented the first Owner-occupied restaurant for Buffalo Brothers.
Design Considerations: The building was previously a family style restaurant. Olive Architecture developed several new elements to create a distinctive space for Buffalo Brothers. These elements include:
As a Design Build project, Andy O. Lawrence, the principal architect—also served as the general contractor through the NC general contracting company Fountainhead Design & Build, LLC. This was in keeping with the concept of architect as the Master Builder.
Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management, Budgeting, and General Contracting.
Our first project with Olive Architecture was 7 years ago at our Capital Boulevard location. New non-smoking laws were coming up which was met with some anxiety for owners of a restaurant and bar operation. We commissioned Andy Lawrence to design a patio structure as a smoking area for our patrons. Olive designed a patio with an overhang and other attributes that integrated quite well with the look and feel of our existing building. We were impressed with the outcome.
Given that first experience with Olive, we sought them out again in 2010. We had purchased a building that needed to be renovated and converted to convey the “look and feel” of our brand. Olive Architecture worked with us on the design and renovation of what is now Buffalo Brothers’ Lake Boone location.
In 2013, we turned to Olive Architecture for a third architecture and design project. We purchased a building in Wake Forest that was to be completely gutted. We wanted a restaurant that embodied the history of Buffalo, New York—our hometown. We invited Andy Lawrence to Buffalo for a weekend to tour and share important pieces of Buffalo’s history. The outcome–Andy and the Olive team developed a design that creatively embodies the “look and feel” of a repurposed industrial building, like an old factory turned restaurant typically found in Buffalo. Olive spent a lot of time working with us to design a space that really defines our brand. Our new Garner location incorporates Olive’s design work that features a brick exterior with large open interior of exposed lintels, joists and beams, with a mezzanine overlooking the interior bar.
We are impressed with Andy and the Olive team’s ability to recognize our needs and requirements while also creatively synthesizing all these inputs into an architectural design solution that is functional.
The Olive team are all very good to work with—like Matt and Martin—who have a passion for what they do. In terms of responsiveness and consistency, I am able to call and communicate with any one of them and have a similar experience of getting the right answers to my questions. That’s key to keeping a project’s momentum when there are so many moving parts.
With projects involving multiple parties—architects, owners, contractors, etc., there’s got to be a symphony of work. The team at Olive excels at orchestrating all the moving parts to keep the project on track—whether it involves a piece of restaurant equipment, furniture, lighting—a wall that doesn’t work. Olive works with you to get all the parties to work together.
We recently completed and opened our Garner Buffalo Brothers site. Our intention is to continue to build on our success. The Garner location has been well-received. We are looking for other locations in the Triangle to build the Buffalo Brothers brand and footprint. Olive’s architecture and design work has contributed much to our success. We certainly will work with Andy and the Olive team on our future projects—and recommend them to other bar and restaurant owners.
Matt Boyd, co-owner of Buffalo Brothers