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Renovation of an Uptown Restaurant

Unfinished African mahogany bar installed in restaurantIn 2010, Central City Millworks submitted a bid for the renovation of a New Orleans restaurant at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, and was subsequently awarded the contract. The location had previously been the site of a Copeland’s Restaurant for many years.

Central City Millworks was tasked with taking the architect’s concept drawings and transforming them into reality while maintaining the intended design aesthetic and keeping the project within the owner’s budget. The design was inspired by a Paris bistro that the owner discovered and immediately fell in love with the ambiance. That experience resulted in a commitment to recreate that venue for New Orleanians and city visitors to enjoy. CCM duplicated the style and many of the details of the bistro from the owner’s photographs.

Millwork being assembled on a workbench

The name of the new restaurant is Superior Seafood, and it is owned by the same company that owns and operates Superior Grill on St. Charles Avenue near Touro Hospital. This will be their second dining location in New Orleans, and will be the more upscale of the two restaurants and specializing in Gulf seafood.

To date, Central City Millworks has completed fabrication of all of the exterior and interior millwork using African mahogany (Sapele), a very stable wood that is resistant to termites and rot. All of the exterior millwork (doors, windows, exterior trim, and raised panel walls) has been fabricated and installed on-site, and CCM is in the process of completing the interior on-site installation.

Pilaster assembled in Central City Millworks shop ready for application of finish A list of the millwork that we have fabricated and installed (or in the process of installing) includes:

  • Exterior single hung windows
  • Exterior glass panels
  • Exterior raised panels
  • Side vestibule entry
  • Handicap entry door and sidelights
  • Entry door with curved transom
  • All interior wainscoting
  • Main bar (with raised panels including one curved raised panel)
  • Main bar pilasters (with CNC intricately carved cameos)
  • Main bar back base cabinets
  • Main bar back display cabinets (with pilasters)
  • Oyster bar (with raised panels including two curved raise panels)
  • Oyster bar pilasters (with CNC intricately carved cameos)
  • Oyster bar back
  • Booth divider walls (with curved glass panels over paneled wainscot with cap rail)
  • Bathroom stalls
  • All interior custom wood doors with transoms.

Central City Millworks is in the final phase of a project that we have worked on for a year. Every separate item listed above has its own story, and the stories of those different components may be appended as this job nears completion.

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