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Dirty Heart Pine for a New Orleans Cafe

Heart pine flooring and casework installed in Merchant cafe in New OrleansCentral City Millworks provided “dirty” (rustic) custom heart pine flooring and casework for Merchant, a New Orleans wine bar and coffee shop located in the CBD.

When Ammar Eloueini of AEDS (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) and Edifice Builders came to Central City Millworks for help implementing a design concept for the Merchant cafe that focused on “dirty” top pine flooring and casework cladding, we knew that we were the perfect company for the job. And, finishing an interior space with the exterior “dirty” face of our reclaimed pine was an exciting prospect.

CCM’s reclaimed flooring department produces high quality heart pine flooring in grades varying from a premium grade quarter-sawn red, to a rustic antique yellow.

For Central City Millworks, it is not only an environmental but also a financial imperative to get the most use out of our reclaimed products. We pride ourselves in finding use for as much of the waste products of our operation as possible (saw dust, rippings, beam skins).

The black melamine casework designed by AEDS was cut with CCM’s CNC router to insure optimum material use and precision construction. The cabinets, once assembled, were clad in “dirty” top pine provided by our flooring department. The material was surfaced to thickness and jointed for a clean application in the field. The result pictured above accomplishes the juxtaposition of clean straight lines with a “dirty” rustic finish.

As a final touch, CCM fabricated a table and benches for the interior of the restaurant with the same materials.

(Quote and photo below from an article at NewOrleans.com)

“Coffee, crepes, grapes” is the tagline for Merchant, a new café in the ground floor of The Maritime building in the Central Business District. Merchant will serve beer and wine by the glass, quartino (quarter bottle), and bottle soon, but coffee may be the real star here.

Photo from neworleans.com article about Merchant cafe

Merchant is now open for business

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