Galatoires 33 Gets New Custom Millwork
In November 2012, we were invited to bid a set of plans for a three story building at 215 Bourbon Street. We furnished the price to fabricate all the millwork for the whole building including baseboard, crown molding, architectural beams, wall pilasters, wainscot, columns, a wood paneled bar with a curved paneled ceiling, and a raised panel bar.
The building housed Galatoire’s Restaurant that was ranked # 15 in the “101 Best Restaurants in America” list by The Daily Meal, and cited by the James Beard Foundation as the “outstanding restaurant” in America.
We were awarded the job based on our acceptance of the schedule. The schedule was extremely challenging in that the restaurant had to open one week before the Super Bowl, giving us a total of nine weeks to complete the job, including design, fabrication of all cabinets, mill work, and moldings…and installation!
To meet the demanding schedule, we had to require all of our millwork mechanics and all of our field installation crews to work two shifts for the eight weeks we had to complete the job.
As challenging and daunting as the task was, Central City Millworks and Hal Collums Construction rallied its team members, and completed the project in the scheduled time frames. The first milestone came one week before the Super Bowl. The restaurant had scheduled a private dinner for NFL owners and their wives, so we completed the third floor private dining room first to accommodate that dinner.
An interesting aside that occurred during the construction was we actually had a part in discovering the new name of the Galatoire’s steakhouse on the first floor. Part of our job was to remove old paint from the metal columns before we installed our new historic replica millwork for the front of the building. When we took the paint off the historic metal cast columns, we discovered on a circular molded panel the number 33 in gold leaf. Gallotoire’s management did a little research and discovered that when the French Quarter was originally laid out, the buildings were numbered chronologically from Canal Street. The building now at 215 Bourbon Street was historically known as building number 33, its numeric order from Canal Street.