PHOENIX, ARIZ. – A restaurant at one of Arizona’s iconic active adult communities recently underwent a refresh that also adheres to safety protocols implemented during COVID-19.
The Sun Lakes Community in Sun Lakes, Arizona, wanted to refresh the restaurant and bar, Cottonwood Bar & Grill, 25630 S. Brentwood Drive, with a new look and feel that made the establishment more appealing to members as well as its guests.
“The space had good bones, but the bar had carpet, mirrored ceilings and 80s lighting that needed to hit the dumpster,” said Beth Katz of KatzDesignGroup. “They wanted a space to bring their kids and grandkids to that felt modern, fresh and inviting.”
KatzDesignGroup moved the beverage and condiment servery station to the unused area of the bar, created a new permanent buffet and created more flexible areas for gathering in the bar dining area.
“The client hosts numerous community parties and events and wanted to have a more permanent buffet for those events,” Katz said. “Relocating the servery area opened the restaurant and bar space, allowing more seating and natural light. The light brick, wallcovering and warm woods all helped create an updated aesthetic.
“We put in a light LVT (luxury vinyl) wood floor, brick pilasters, wallcovering, Crypton velvets and faux alligator vinyls. We installed warm wood paneling and branded tables with custom twisted metal bases. The lighting above the bar takes elements of the metal fencing at a ballpark with the round baseball-style LED Edison bulb lamps,” Katz said.
The space always provided a sports bar atmosphere but now is more like an upscale clubhouse. The tables have been socially distanced with temporary Plexiglas partitions installed between the booths for the health and safety of diners.
“I watched a webinar on Restaurant Design During Covid and they spoke about an antimicrobial paper for multiple usage. I mentioned it to the client as an option for single-use menus and he was thrilled with a less expensive safeguard for Cottonwood Bar & Grill patrons.”
The project team comprised Mike Hall, Michael Hall Architect; Kirk Hoffman, Maven Engineering; and John Arnett, Farnsworth Construction. Notable subcontractors included LionCraft (custom lighting, booths, banquette and millwork).