DMK Burger & Fish

Evanston, Illinois / United States of America

Project Name:
DMK Burger & Fish

Construction costs: $45,000 construction, $80,000 equipment

Project description:

In  developing  the concept for the buildout, the client requested a restaurant for the 22nd century, an open ended and ambiguous assignment. With less than 400 sf of public space, the solution needed to create an efficient functional layout for fast-casual dining tucked on a quiet commercial street between the Purple Line and Northwestern University. Placing the restaurant’s neon logo behind polycarbonate panels in the dining room and separating the ordering queue from the tables with transparent and internally lit walls created zones of space that stop short of chopping up the tiny room. The restaurant is entirely lit by fluorescent tubes at the foot and head of the dividing walls, and the large neon sign. Both the client and landlord felt that this block was not living up to its economic potential prior to this project, so the goal was to create an environment that will attract business to the strip. Now, the landlord claims that there hasn’t been this much action on Noyes St in nearly 20 years.



Architect of Record

Keith Olsen
Olsen Vranas Design
1521 N Sandburg Terrace
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 312.337.9879
keith@olsenvranas.com

Associate Architect

Drew Bayley
Olsen Vranas Design
1521 N Sandburg Terrace
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 312.337.9879
drew@olsenvranas.com

General Contractor

Keith Olsen
Olsen Vranas Build
1521 N Sandburg Terrace
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 312.337.9879
keith@olsenvranas.com

Photography

Clare Britt

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