Restaurant and Brewery Architectural & Interior Design
Jim ‘N Nicks
Foundation Projects, Homewood, AL
Freestanding prototype BBQ with drive thru restaurant: As the first prototype for Jim N Nick’s it set the tone and brand for a national corporate roll out. Specializing in southern BBQ the cooking pit was placed in front allowing that great BBQ smoke to fill the parking lot. A 1940’s BBQ roadhouse feel was achieved with lighting, furniture types, textures, VCT floor tiles, and historic images all reminiscent of that great romantic period when over the highway travel was new and adventuresome. The architecture guide was this small-repurposed building had to over time had to enclose the porch because of success and popularity. Evolutionary architecture lends a sense of history and thus restaurant credibility. The bar was small but accommodated the local guests who identified with Jim N Nicks uniqueness and wanted it to be their BBQ watering hole. The front screened in porch could be closed down with barn door hardware into a private room, given great flexibility. The drive-thru element of this brand added significantly to its success.