Blowing Rock Stage Company

Mooresville, NC Restaurant with the look of a contemporary New York style bistro.

When the partners were asked to evaluate a new restaurant opportunity, RdM Architecture was there to support that effort with quick design, construction, schedule and financial services. An example of our IPD approach, success is evident on all levels as the project went from concept to opening in just over three months. At first glance, the 12,000 sf, two-story failed restaurant space, in a pleasingly historic building c.1888, appeared less than inviting and somewhat claustrophobic with dark tall back wood booths under a low hanging mezzanine, unfitting color patterns, and inexpensive contemporary lighting. Immediately the design team suggested removing the mezzanine to open up the space in pursuit of a bistro type atmosphere the may be found in Chicago or New York. Epic Chophouse quickly became an anchor to this historic downtown in Mooresville NC, Race City USA.

  • Separating drives for patron entry and loading dock requirements developed into a 2-story solution that resolved many site and operating constraints. Internal operational functions fell into separating the support spaces as well.
  • Storage and shop space could be provided on the lower level while performer spaces could be facilitated with easy access to the stage on the upper level.
  • Design also considered the lobby space as a future gathering and event space for lease. With such temperate climates and lower humidity in the mountains, the front facade was designed to capture the mountain air and allow multiple doors to remain open during the months between air conditioning and heating.
  • The loft fly, usually a stagnant element in performing arts center, was considered to maximize the visibility of the facility while also being integrated into the context of the building and mountain side.
  • Seating configurations were developed from 250 seats to 600 seats with budgets ranging from $6M to $10M.
  • Associated ancillary support spaces were also analyzed to address the different seating capacities and projected budgets.