Whiskey Kitchen in Raleigh

Local Civil Engineering Firm Helps Restaurateurs Develop Whiskey-Inspired Restaurant

Commercial Site Design, a Raleigh-based civil engineering firm, which has been developing commercial properties in the Triangle for more than 14 years, was selected by ORA Architecture to partner on a project for first-time restaurateurs Jeff Mickel and Michael Thor. The highly anticipated Whiskey Kitchen, which is getting the finishing touches put on it, is scheduled to open soon.

For downtown’s newest restaurant – a southern-inspired fusion with an extensive selection of bourbons and scotches – the local entrepreneurs selected 201 W. Martin St. as their location.

Whiskey Kitchen, located in the Fayetteville Street District across from Nash Square, is situated in the former White Horse Limo building. The building, dating back to 1938, was originally home of a Firestone Tire Dealership.

To accomplish the conversion, Commercial Site Design worked closely with city officials and ORA Architecture to develop a site plan that met city requirements and was aligned with the vision of the two partners.

Commercial Site Design and ORA Architecture faced the challenge of developing a plan that kept the integrity and character of the old building but shifted its function; from an auto garage to a place people enjoy delicious food and cocktails.

Commercial Site Design’s role in transforming this great space into a suitable restaurant with curb appeal, included landscape architecture and streetscape design.

In a less appealing service, but just as important, the civil engineering firm developed site plans for the restaurant’s utilities and drainage.

Commercial Site Design also worked closely with local jurisdictions to expedite the permitting process.

To get more information on Whiskey Kitchen, visit their webpage at www.whiskey.kitchen.com.

To get more information on ORA Architecture, visit their webpage at www.oraarchitecture.net.

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