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Communities benefit from having nice public spaces where people can relax and have a drink or two. Having a drink in a place that is thoughtfully designed and built is one of the simple pleasures in life. Pubs are great places to chill: a place where patrons can celebrate a victory or mourn a loss. Properly designed and well-run, a good pub is a community meeting place where people can make friends and memories.
If you’re in the process of looking for a general contractor who can build your vision for a pub, look no further. Our team has selected the best contractors who have built restaurants or bars in their areas. They were selected from hundreds of contractors for the excellence of their work history, the quality of their media features, and their memberships with professional organizations. These firms have completed projects across a number of different budget categories and styles.
2212 1st Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Golden Construction and Appleseed Workshop merged in 2017 to start Creature, a design-build company that integrates construction, architecture, and manufacturing. The firm’s efficient approach to the building process reduces costs for its clients, making it an ideal company for restaurant and bar projects.
Among the company’s best projects in Alabama is Woolworth, an industrial spot with refreshments and recreation. The project was built in an old building that previously housed a five and dime store with the same name. It is designed with commonplace construction materials—plywood, concrete masonry, and a rebar cage—creatively used to produce an industrial and hip feel. The unique concept features a duckpin bowling alley, two interior bars, a 50-seat dining room, and a rooftop bar area.
2903 Tanglewood Dr., Anchorage, AK 99517
Benchmark has been building since 2007. The firm is based in Anchorage and offers design-build delivery and fabrication for clients in the commercial and residential markets. Benchmark has built several well-designed restaurants and bars across the area. Its work has been featured in local media outlets, like KTVA, Alaska Dispatch News, and Alaska Journal. The firm is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and is also the first Alaskan company to be a member of the USGBC.
Among its best work is The Rustic Goat in Anchorage. The two-story design-build project stands out for its industrial-chic and rustic aesthetic. Benchmark built the restaurant to look light and airy, with floor-to-roof windows, wood and steel finishes, and a loft-style two-story space. The result is a very inviting space for diners.
4112 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Established in 2011, Princeton Construction is Charlie Hall’s answer to the Phoenix area’s need for a customer-focused construction company. Throughout its nine-year history, the company has already catered to clients across diverse market sectors, including the restaurant and bar industry. Hall’s well-rounded experience has helped the company deliver outstanding projects.
One of its best projects is the Hop Social Tavern, a concept from the Crossroads Restaurant Group. With a main dining room, two patios, and a bar area, the pub can comfortably seat nearly 400 people at once. The restaurant is designed beautifully, with polished bar tops, blue subway tiles, and an eccentric mix of furniture.
Dave Grundfest Company
1221 Westpark Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204
With 25 years of general contracting experience, the Dave Grundfest Company has successfully positioned itself as one of the premier companies serving the Southeast. In Arkansas, it proudly earns 90% of its new projects from referrals. That number reflects the company’s high standard for construction quality and customer experience. The firm is an expert in design-build delivery for clients in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries.
Lost Forty Brewing, an award-winning craft beer brand, hired Dave Grundfest Company to build its taproom in Little Rock. The company went for a minimally designed space with white walls and concrete flooring. The space has been spruced up with industrial ceiling bar lights and a combination of light and warm wood accents.
840 Eleventh Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Award-winning design-build company Basile Studio is led by principal and lead designer Paul Basile. Paul is widely regarded as the “Brick and Mortar Guru” of San Diego, having designed and built a number of distinct retail and restaurant spaces in the area. Under his leadership, the company has worked with renowned restaurateurs and has also received accolades and praise from industry organizations. The firm’s projects have been well-publicized magazines like Interior Design Magazine, Hospitality Design, and Luxe Interiors+Design.
In 2016, Basile Studio completed the construction of the North Park Beer Co. The place, designed to be a community gathering place, is expertly finished with a mix of two design styles: Mid-Century and the Arts and Crafts architectural style. The white oak back bar with copper details and backlit mirrors create a modern, industrial vibe.
1031 Santa Fe Dr. Suite #300, Denver, CO 80204
Established in 1946, Hyder Construction is one of the most well-established construction firms in Colorado. Throughout the state, the firm has built several projects across a variety of market sectors — from municipal infrastructure to restaurants to hospitality buildings. The firm has also garnered prestigious accolades over the years, including the 2015 ENR Mountain States Best Project Award for the Breckenridge Brewery Littleton Campus.
Another award-winning project of the company is the Blue Moon RiNo Brewery & Restaurant. Built in 2016, the project won a Merit Award from the 2016 AGC Ace Award and the 2017 ENR Mountain States Best Projects Award in the Small Project (Under $10 Million) category. Hyder Construction installed a twenty-barrel brewing system and provided enough space to seat 400 people. Its focal point is a circular bar accentuated by an 8-foot diameter blue light fixture. The firm also installed booths that are reminiscent of beer barrels as well as round LED lights for additional illumination.
JCS Construction Group
4th Fl., 9 West Broad St. Stamford, CT 06902
Founded in 2005, JCS Construction Group is a full-service general contracting firm providing services to a broad range of industries. The company opened its commercial division in 2009 and has since built a number of projects in the Tri-State area. It is led by founder-president, Justin Shaw, who is also the founder and president of the Greenwich Property Owners Association. With him in leadership, JCS Construction Group became a prominent player in the state’s construction and development industry.
In 2012, the firm finished the construction of Harlan Social, a gastropub that offered a refined dining experience in the South End of Stamford. It is thoughtfully designed, with an impressive steel, glass, and wood bar that complements the vaulted industrial ceiling.
37251 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Broadpoint Construction is a client-focused general contracting firm. It approaches construction with end-users in mind to help their clients achieve success in their businesses. It is headed by President John W. Schneider, who is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management and construction and has helped clients build their dream projects across the Mid-Atlantic.
Broadpoint Construction’s portfolio showcases a number of great restaurant and bar projects. We’re especially taken with the Crooked Hammock Brewery, which was built in Lewes in 2015. The concept by the La Vida Hospitality Group features an on-site brewery, indoor and outdoor bars, and a backyard with a fire pit and activities.
421 N Andres Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
In 1994, Hooper Construction was founded by Alan Hooper to provide full-service general contracting to clients in Fort Lauderdale. These days, it is recognized as one of the best in Florida, having built award-winning projects throughout the state. It was involved in the construction of iconic spaces in the area, like the FAT Village and the College Town at Florida State University. The firm is a member of the USGBC and has staffers who are LEED Accredited Professionals.
Hooper Construction was involved in the design development and construction of Township FTL. The Fort Lauderdale restaurant is European-inspired and very reminiscent of its first location in Tallahassee. Its overall look is dominated by a repurposed shipping container; the bar area has a beautiful herringbone brick façade. The bar also features several gathering spaces, a performance stage, and a lounge area.
Chandlee and Sons Construction Company
8181 Industrial Place Suite A, Alpharetta GA 30004
Born into a family of contractors, Seth Wallace Chandlee followed in the footsteps of the older men in his family and co-founded Chandlee & Sons with his father in 2005. He leads the company as its President and has successfully expanded its operations to include design services over the last few years. Today, the company is recognized as one of the leaders in commercial and industrial construction in Georgia. The firm’s work has been featured in Eater, Thrillist, and Fast Casual.
In 2014, Chandlee and Sons Construction Company led the renovation work on Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall. Atlanta Magazine included the unique dining hall in its “50 Best Bars of Atlanta” and praised its high-concept design that evokes “a summer camp that serves cocktails but doesn’t make you hike.” The space was designed with outdoorsy elements like wood tables and copper screening. The general contractor also repurposed old cotton mill beams into an entrance door, while old loading dock slabs were used for the patio. Much of the elements in the bar were handmade, including the live edge slab for the bar, baseboards, and millwork.
330 Kamani St., Honolulu, HI 96816
Reedesign Builders is a Hawaii-based general contractor that specializes in building retail and restaurant spaces. It was founded in 1984 by Tim Reed, who still remains active in the company as its president. He is an expert in luxury tenant buildouts and has led the company to secure projects with high-end brands Fendi, Dior, and Wolfgang Steakhouse.
At the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Reedesign Builders built Doraku, which is a hip dining spot that offers Japanese microbrews. The company personalized the project for the owners, with Reed even flying out to Indonesia with the owners to select materials for the project. It features ceiling, flooring, and millwork from Bali, and also has a storefront that was ordered from New Zealand. Other impressive projects of the company include the Maui Brewery in Kihei and Waikiki as well as Moku in Kakaako and Monkey Pod in Koolina. The company also completed Hooters at Aloha Tower, Zara’s, Longines, St. John’s, La Perla, Bally, and Celine at Ala Moana Center.
6353 Supply Wy, Boise, ID 83716
CSDI Construction is a Boise general contracting company that opened its doors in 1990. It is headed by President Robert Feldmann, whose education and professional backgrounds helped expand the firm’s operations nationally. During its three-decade history, the company has also successfully completed over half a billion dollars worth of total construction for clients in the restaurant, retail, and commercial sectors. It is a member of the AGC and has had its work featured on Idaho Business Review and Blue Mountain Eagle.
Casa Del Matador is among one of CSDI Construction’s best work in Idaho. The company collaborated with architect Scott Roaf who designed the stylish space. The restaurant offers Mexican food and drinks, as you might be able to guess from the finishes and decor. The company installed handcrafted wood accents, decorative metal art, and colorful custom tiles.
4001 N Ravenswood Ave. Suite #604, Chicago, IL 60613
Infocus Builders is a Chicago-based boutique general contracting company specializing in high-end construction. With more than four decades of building experience in the state, the company has successfully built several residential and commercial projects in the area. It now sits among the most distinguished firms, having been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Eater.
Among its best work is the Blind Barber, located in the food district of the Fulton Market. The project is a hybrid barbershop and speakeasy designed by 555 International. Infocus Builders built the unique 2,400 square feet space with full glass block windows, wood accents, and chic black and white tile flooring. The pub has a vintage 70’s vibe and the devoted millennial following to go with it.
Mattcon General Contractors
5460 W 84th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268
Peter Mattingly founded Mattcon General Contractors in 1992. Since then, the company has completed several projects, including additions, renovations, and new constructions in Indiana as well as 26 other states. The firm has built structures from $100,000 to $10M for clients in the restaurant, government, and healthcare industries.
Among the company’s best projects is Mattingly’s very own brewpub, Moontown Brewery. The project is now housed in what was previously Whitestown’s grade school and high school. Mattcon General Contractors painted the exterior with a rustic-red marking, maintained some gym windows, and made use of the basketball markings. The interiors are decked with red bricks, complemented by oak wood furnishing.
3050 SE Enterprise Dr. Suite A, Grimes, IA 50111
Des Moines general contracting company Koester Construction Company has been building in Iowa for over 30 years. The firm has copious expertise in commercial construction and specializes in restaurant and historical work. The company is family-owned and headed by president Paul Koester, who has decades of construction experience.
Koester Construction built the 30Hop Restaurant at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. It provides 60 beers on tap and sports the area’s first rooftop patio. It is decked in wood and has hanging lights over the outdoor seats. Inside, the dining and bar areas are decorated with industrial bulb lighting.
420 S. Emporia St. Suite #200, Wichita, KS 67202
Jaco is a homegrown general contracting company from Wichita, but it caters to clients throughout the United States. The national firm has built everything from retail buildings to restaurants to light industrial structures. The firm’s excellence in contracting has been recognized by the Wichita Business Journal’s Top General Contractors lists in 2017 and 2018.
Bricktown Brewery owners tapped Jaco’s expertise to complete its tenant finish in east Wichita. The project, finished in just six weeks, involved the installation of custom bricks from Texas. The construction firm also installed galvanized pipe shelvings and custom panel sliding windows. Due to the unique materials and artwork the space is warm and inviting.
12700 Otto Knop Dr., Louisville, KY 40299
Founded in 1997 by Scott Gregor, Buffalo Construction is a commercial general contractor that is licensed in 49 states. Since its establishment, it has quickly grown its reputation by staying true to its motto, “Building Better!” The firm has delivered high-quality projects for clients in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant sectors. It has been featured in local publications like Louisville Business First, and Courier-Journal.
In Louisville, Buffalo Construction was hired for the design-build project for El Camino. The concept was built in a space previously occupied by another restaurant. The firm had to do a lot of remodeling and gutting within the 120-day schedule. Buffalo Construction finished the restaurant by building a great exterior bar and outdoor seating complete with fire pits.
Voelkel McWilliams Construction
4 St Ann Dr., Mandeville, LA 70471
Voelkel McWilliams is one of the gulf south region’s best providers of construction services ranging from educational to healthcare and banks and churches.for 30 years. The firm specializes in new construction, renovations, and restorations, and has been building for clients from a variety of market sectors. The Voelkel team has built everything from houses of worship to brewpubs. It is led by partners Paysse McWilliams and Daniel Voelkel, both equally experienced in the industry. McWilliams served as the chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of New Orleans in 2005, while Voelkel led projects that total more than $57M for the company.
The company is behind the construction of Truck Farm Tavern, which serves re-imagined comfort food and beverages in New Orleans. Built in collaboration with LFA Architects, the $1.8 million project involved finishes and elements that are naturally found in farms. It also features a concrete-top bar, wood plank walls, and a brick fireplace. The result is a very warm area where guests can enjoy their meals and drinks.
91 Auburn St. Suite #1030, Portland, ME 04103
Optimum Construction has been building for commercial and residential clients since 2009. It was co-founded by friends Kendrick Ballantyne and Ryan Lessard, who regard building relationships with clients as the key to high-quality work. Under their leadership, the company works closely with owners to build their dream homes and businesses. The approach has secured several projects with clients from the healthcare, restaurant, and retail industries. Optimum’s restaurant work has been featured in Eater, Maine Today, and Press Herald.
One of its most beloved projects is Gross Confection, a unique dessert focused bar in Portland, Maine. Optimum Construction brought creative solutions to a restrictive budget. The renovation involved reusing a lot of the existing features in the bar that was working well. The firm also used reclaimed King’s lumber, wood that was once used on ship masts. Despite the budget, the project looked exceptional upon completion. It has a simple, elegant look, thanks to the combination of white walls and exposed brick walls. The exposed wood ceiling lends some height to the space and gives the bar a rustic look.
12231 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
Forrester Construction is an award-winning commercial general contractor founded in 1988. Clients rely on the company for construction management and design-build services. With headquarters in Washington D.C., the firm was able to work on landmark projects like the US State Supreme Court, Ford’s Theatre, and the Smithsonian National Zoo. Forrester is a recipient of the Contractor Award from the Associated General Contractors of DC, as well as the Excellence in Construction Award from the ABC of Metro Washington.
In 2017, Forrester Construction finished the construction of Kirwan’s Irish Pub at the Wharf. The destination, frequented along the Potomac River, was built by the company on an accelerated timeline. The Irish-inspired pub features handmade finishes, including the oak wood flooring, the brick veneer fireplaces, and the custom bars.
258 Elm St. Suite #200, Somerville, MA 02144
Thomas K. Clark founded Ashling in 2003 after several years of working for a national general contractor. His company focuses on helping restaurant and retail clients to build their locations in Massachusetts. With this specialty, the firm has successfully built for independent restaurateurs and regional concepts. Ashling’s projects are well-publicized, having been praised in publications like Eater and Forbes.
In Boston, Ashling built Townsman for Chef Matt Jennings, who had particular specifications in mind for his restaurant. The firm was challenged to build within the unique shape of the space. It created visual division among the bar, charcuterie, and dining areas, while still keeping the look cohesive. The result is a visually exciting space with creative murals and complementing colors and materials.
Erhardt Construction Company
6060 Fulton St. E, Ada, MI 49301
Founded in 1962, Erhardt Construction has an impressive portfolio of work in Michigan. It has built churches, schools, offices, and restaurants, and the firm has also received a number of awards from industry organizations. It was honored with some awards from the ABC of West Michigan and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Commons is among the company’s best work. Built in Heritage, the establishment received much attention for its 1970’s style restaurant and lounge. Owner Beth Rich enlisted the help of Erhardt Construction to build it in 2018. The restaurant includes a lounge, a fine dining area, and a full bar. The theme is consistent throughout the space through the custom TV consoles, wood paneling, and velvet finishes.
4931 W 35th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Despite branding itself as a mid-sized general contractor, Diversified Construction has actually completed a number of great projects in its 50-year history. It was founded in Minneapolis and continues to build for clients in the retail and restaurant sectors. The firm is led by James Rowland who started as a laborer in 1977 and worked his way up to eventually become the president and CEO of the company.
Because of its reputation for high-quality work, Diversified Construction has earned the loyalty of its clients, including successful restaurateur Luke Shimp. He hired the company to build multiple locations of his concepts, Red Cow and Red Rabbit. For the second location of Red Rabbit, Diversified Construction had to completely gut the 6,000-square-foot space. It also installed beautiful design features, including patterned tile flooring, charred cedarwood, and industrial brick masonry.
Copeland & Johns
5193 Old Brandon Rd., Pearl, MS 39208
With more than 41 years of work experience, Copeland & Johns has completed more than 800 projects in 13 states. The firm specializes in general contracting and design-build, helping clients build their dream projects from concept to completion. Copeland & Johns is a member of the AGC and was named the #1 Best General Contractor by the Mississippi Business Journal.
Copeland & Johns was Mugshot Bar and Grill’s contractor for the Columbus location of this popular franchise. Working with Penny Bowen Designs, the company had to retrofit a big box store into a welcoming dining joint on a six-month schedule. It features a custom made bar top and a back-of-bar area that makes use of reclaimed wood and upcycled truck parts.
18333 Wings Corporate Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63005
Founded in 1981, Knoebel Construction is a Midwest general contractor that offers its services nationally. In over three decades, the company has put together an impressive portfolio and distinguished itself as an expert when it comes to building retail spaces, groceries, and restaurants. It is a member of AGC and AIA and has had its work featured in the St. Louis Business Journal, the Nashville Post, and the Richmond Daily News.
One of Knoebel Construction’s best projects is the Melvin Brewing brewpub in Eureka, Missouri. The 12,700-square-foot restaurant seats 276 guests indoors, and 50 guests in its outdoor patio. It features a full-service bar, a private event space, and a brewery that is equipped to brew and package 1,500 barrels of beer. It also has outdoor gathering spaces with a fire pit and lounge area.
Langlas & Associates
2270 Grant Rd., Billings, MT 59102
Founded in 1973, Langlas & Associates is a family-owned company. It has offices in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula, helping it cater to clients throughout Montana and five other states. The firm has managed to grow into a multi-state firm through consistent high-quality project delivery and fostering great relationships with clients.85% of its current projects are secured through referrals and repeat clients. It is an also award-winning construction firm, having received two Montana Contractors Association Awards and three Awards of Excellence from the Bozeman Beautification Advisory Board.
In the restaurant space, the company has built anything from fast food concepts to bars. It built multiple locations for McDonald’s and Burger King and is also the builder of choice for high-end bars and restaurants like Tanglewood and Foxtrot, Montana Ale Works, and Sidewinders.
1717 N. 74th St Omaha, NE 68114
Ronco has been in the construction industry since 1976, and it has delivered thousands of projects for clients in the commercial and industrial spaces. The firm is led by Ronald Robinson, who managed to grow the company’s operations to cater to clients throughout the Midwest. Under his leadership, the company guides clients from design to construction, always keeping the business goals of their clients in mind.
In Nebraska, Ronco worked with Design Associates to design and build the Pig-N-Finch Gastropub. The company helped the restaurant owners define its signature style and create a uniquely designed concept that will deliver a great dining experience to customers. The result is a contemporary space with a contrasting purple and wood palette.
3579 Red Rock St., Las Vegas, NV 89103
SR Construction is an award-winning general contracting company headquartered in Las Vegas. It was founded in 1991 and has since built several design-build projects in Nevada. It is a recipient of the 2017 Honor Award from NAIOP, and a 2016 Excellence in Construction Award from ABC. Its work has been featured in prominent local publications, like the Nevada Business Magazine and Reno-Gazette Journal.
One of SR Construction’s award-winning projects is the Beerhaus at MGM. The American-style beer hall caters to craft beer fans and also offers savory meals for diners. It is located at MGM’s The Park and has an indie, chill vibe. At the center of the high ceilinged space is a long concrete and wood bar that’s highlighted by the hanging vintage lighting. The walls are decked with industrial red bricks, while the flooring is finished with polished concrete.
New World Design Builders
11 Circle Ave., Clifton, NJ 07011
New World Design Builders is led by Chris Kofitsas, recognized by Architectural Digest on its 2016 “Five Must-Know Restaurant Designers of New York.” Under his leadership, the firm has built several award-winning bars and restaurants and also worked with world-renowned restaurateurs like Jean George. The firm’s projects have also been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, and Business Insider.
In 2019 the firm completed the De Novo European Pub in Edgewater, New Jersey. New World Design Builders used reclaimed wood and brass for the restaurant’s detailed façade. Guests are guided into the restaurant through an overhead pergola lined with greenery and a cluster of floating glass lights. The bar also features a lit tree that is gracefully encircled by curved banquettes. The sunroom offers diners panoramic views of the Hudson River and the iconic George Washington bridge. The project is a landmark project for the firm, being its first-ever hospitality project in New Jersey.
3010 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. NM 87106
HB Construction is an award-winning general contracting company in New Mexico. It is one of the Southwest’s fastest-growing companies, with a 995% growth in revenue since 2011. Its specialties are design-build and construction management at risk, but it willingly tailors its approach to construction depending on its client’s needs. Because of its emphasis on collaboration and proactive problem-solving, the company has successfully completed projects for clients in the restaurant, hospitality, and healthcare sectors, among others. In 2019, it received several accolades, including a Best Project Award and two Awards of Merit from the Engineering News-Record.
The company has successfully carved out a reputation for building beautifully designed restaurants and bars. It has worked with food brands like Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke, Slim Chickens, and The Grill Restaurant at Santa Claran.
New World Design Builders
261 Madison Ave., 25th Flr., New York, NY 10016
Due to its outstanding reputation in restaurant construction in New York, New World Design Builders makes a reappearance on our list as the best pub builder in the state. The company built popular New York watering holes like Winston’s and Flash Factory. The designer-led firm has become a popular choice in New York for its impeccable attention to detail and its skillful integration of design and construction.
New World Design Builders is the company behind Willow Road, a rustic gastro-bar in Chelsea. Like most of the firm’s projects, the concept is thoughtfully designed. The company decided to honor the building’s storied past by combining historical touches with cool, contemporary elements. The walls feature subway tiles, brick walls, and a combination of modern and vintage lighting.
516 N Hwy 16, Denver, NC 28037
Gais Construction is a Charlotte-based general contracting company founded in 1985. It is led by its founder Lou Gais, whose passion for the industry began at an early age, as he observed at his uncle’s construction company in Pennsylvania. Initially, Gais’s company initially catered to homeowners only. However, in 1990, Gais Construction opened its commercial division after residential clients started inquiring about their businesses and franchises. Today the company is licensed in four states and has become the company of choice for North Carolina business owners.
We think you might like Haberdash. Restaurant owner Jeff Tonidandel hired Gais Construction and Collaborative Design Architects to design and build the award-winning concept. The building in NoDa is one of the few original commercial buildings in the area, and the company worked around the building’s historic structures to maintain the building’s old-world charm.
CHA Architecture + Construction
2534 University Dr. Suite #3, Fargo, ND 58103
CHA Architecture + Construction is an architect-led construction company founded in 2011. It is headed by Principal Architect Chris Hawley, AIA and Principal Designer, Mike Dawson. Together, the two principals have led the company to win several industry awards, including a handful of AIA North Dakota Merit, Honor, and Juror Awards. The firm’s work has also been featured in the Journal Inquirer, INFORUM, and Design & Living Magazine.
In Minot, CHA Architecture + Construction finished the Starving Rooster at the A.T. Lofts. Located in a farming building originally completed in 1917, the dining and drinking space features illustrations of farming equipment to honor its history. The firm also used reclaimed materials from the old building, industrial pipes, and custom dining seats.
PO Box 3836, Dayton, OH 45401
Woodard Resources was founded in 2012 to help clients build high-value projects in Ohio. It was founded by Jason Woodard who has more than 15 years of commercial development experience. As the company’s principal, he leads it with the intention of building strong relationships with clients. Throughout its eight-year history, the firm has built several great commercial and residential projects and had its work featured in local publications such as Dayton Daily News, Dayton Business Journal, and Downtown Ohio.
Lock 27 owners hired Woodard Resources to build its second location in Dayton, Ohio. The much larger brewery has a gastropub that serves a wide variety of Lock 27 beers and American comfort food. The space has an industrial vibe, with an exposed ceiling and expansive warehouse windows that allow natural light into the dimly lit space.
Smith and Pickel Construction
13415 North Santa Fe Ave. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73156
Founded in 1976, Smith & Pickel Construction is a locally-owned, Oklahoma City-based commercial builder. It is a recognized leader in the state’s construction industry, with specialties in design-build, construction management, and negotiated project delivery. The company has successfully completed over 700 major projects, collectively valued at $1.8 billion. Clients trust the firm, whether they just need quick repairs or if they require a general contractor for a multi-million dollar project.
The company built the RePUBlic Gastropub at the Classen Curve development. The concept from A Good Egg Dining Group is a contemporary mix of a beer bar and upscale eatery. Smith & Pickle Construction carefully designed the place to reflect the dining and one-hundred-beer option. It installed a two-story beer cooler and display, a bar that can seat 30 people at once, and an outdoor seating option. The gastropub also stands out for its choice finishes. The construction firm used a dark grey marble terrazzo for the flooring, copper for the bar top and face, and a bubble wall as an accent wall.
84790 Frontage Rd. Suite F, Seaside, OR 97138
O’Brien is one of Oregon’s outstanding design-build contractors. The firm was founded in 2011 by Keeley O’Brien who has 2 decades of construction experience. He is also the current president of Open Concept Architecture, the predominant design partner of O’Brien. Keeley’s expertise in the trade has helped the company build its reputation as one of the best winery and bar builders in the state.
Among the firm’s best work is Baked Alaska, a chic restaurant on the Columbia River. O’Brien had to do a top-to-bottom renovation of the structure located over water. To reflect the concept’s sustainable fare, O’Brien used materials like wood, simple lamps, and salvaged steel to create a rustic aesthetic. The company also installed overlooking windows, which provide great views of the water and nature to the guests.
Russ Kelly & Associates
146 Black Horse Pike Suite A, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059
Russ Kelly & Associates is a commercial general contracting company founded in 1977. It is based in New Jersey but operates primarily in Pennsylvania. For nearly five decades, the firm has been building quality projects for clients in retail, restaurant, and corporate sectors. It has also worked with the City of Philadelphia, the Department of Licensing and Inspections, and the Department of Aviation.
With a focus on fine dining restaurants and bars, Russ Kelly & Associates built several in the area, including the Blind Barber, Giuseppe & Sons, and Bar Simon. It also built Harp & Crown, a concept by restaurateurs Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari. The 40-seater intimate bar is perfect for private parties. The firm installed a unique steel storefront with antique glass, millwork, and wood plank walls.
69 Illinois Ave., Warwick, RI 02888
Pariseault is a family-owned and operated general contracting company in the heart of New England. The firm is licensed to build in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. It was originally founded by father and son Raymond and Bud Pariseault as a tile and masonry company in Warwick. Later on, the company expanded to offer other construction needs, like pre-construction, construction management, and general construction. Its work has been featured in local publications Providence Business News and Cape Cod Today.
Pariseault is behind some of the best bars and restaurants in Rhode Island. Among these bars is The East End, a warm, cozy speakeasy in Providence. Opened in 2018, the bar has consistently attracted guests because of its great food fare and its well-designed interiors. One of its highlights is the herringbone wood ceiling, accented by the industrial ceiling lights.
One Cool Blow Suite #322, Charleston, SC 29403
Arnett Construction is one of South Carolina’s premier commercial general contractors. It was founded in 2007 by Travis Arnett, who also owns AC Custom Homes & Renovations. Since 2007, the company has completed several custom work, renovations, and additions for restaurants and bars in the area. The firm’s restaurant projects are distinct for their thoughtful designs, complementing the food concepts of the clients.
In Charleston, Arnett Construction built Vintage Lounge, which was recognized by Architectural Digest as the most beautiful bar in the state. It mixes inspiration from Casablanca and French cafes, apparent in the firm’s use of mohair upholstery and antique decor. The firm also took advantage of the original barrel ceiling, adding touches of gold to complete the bar’s look.
803 Industrial Ave., Rapid City, SD 57702
Jim Scull founded Scull Construction in 1985 to cater to clients in need of general contractors: specialties include design-build and construction management services. Currently, it is one of the premier general contractors of South Dakota and North Dakota, thanks to its commitment to delivering competitively priced projects in a timely fashion. The company has amassed an extensive portfolio of work in its service areas, while also receiving some distinctions from local organizations. The firm received a 2014 Granite Award from the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and had its work featured in local publications Rapid City Journal and the Daily Republic.
The 7,300 square foot MacKenzie River Pizza in Rushmore Crossing is one of its best projects. Built in collaboration with CTA Architects in 2017, the franchise can seat more than 300 people, and also boasts a larger kitchen area than its previous locations.
Bending Chestnut Construction
5750 Bending Chestnut Rd., Franklin TN 37064
Brent Fox and Chris Whidby combined their specialties in carpentry and construction to open Bending Chestnut Construction in 2007. Both founders grew up in the Bending Chestnut community, where their families are established business leaders. They remain within the tried and tested traditions of their family’s businesses and implement those traditions running their firm to ensure successful project deliveries. The company is a licensed full-service general contractor capable of serving Williamson County and Middle Tennessee.
In 2018, Bending Chestnut Construction completed Geist, an upscale bar and restaurant housed in a building that used to be a blacksmith shop from the 1800s. The construction firm honored the building’s history by keeping much of its historic detailing intact: owners kept the iconic “John Geist Horseshoeing” sign, among other details. The vibrant interiors are dominated by exposed brick; the ceilings are accented by soft candlelight chandeliers. The room features a custom bar, a champagne garden, and two separate dining areas.
8526 Vidor Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216
Founded in 1927, Guido Construction is a privately-owned and operated commercial construction firm based in San Antonio. With nearly a century’s worth of unparalleled work history, the company is well-positioned to handle any project from renovation to new construction. The company has built everything from museums to breweries and has received awards for its best projects. Guido Construction has been a consistent AGC awardee since 2011 and has also received LEED Silver and LEED Gold certification for some of its work.
Among its outstanding projects is Southerleigh’s Brew House, a concept by Chef Jeff Balfour from the Southerleigh Hospitality Group. The brewhouse is the first-ever brewpub to occupy the 1800s Pearl building. Guido Construction preserved much of the historic character of the building by salvaging some of the existing artifacts in the building. The company used reclaimed wood, old conveyor belts, antique bottling equipment, and historic cast-iron stairs to reinforce an eclectic aesthetic. At nearly 8,000 square feet, the space is ranked as the tenth-largest brewpub in the US.
Interior Construction Specialists
9090 S. Sandy Pkwy, Sandy, UT 84070
Interior Construction Specialists is a Layton Construction backed company that addresses the growing demand for quality tenant improvements, renovations, and remodels. With a national general contractor behind it, the local company has been successfully completing projects since its inception in 2000. In 2018, the firm reached the milestone of finishing $1 billion worth of construction work.
In Downtown Sugarhouse, Interior Construction Specialist built The Wasatch Brew Pub, which is a concept from the Salt Lake Brewing Company. The project is designed with a mix of contemporary and industrial finishes. It features exposed ceilings, barn wood walls, and dangling Edison lights. Guests seated in the east area of the pub are afforded a view of the brewery. The pub also has a mezzanine area that is perfect for private gatherings.
Neagley & Chase Construction Company
66 Bowdoin St. Suite #100, South Burlington, VT 05403
Neagley & Chase Construction Company is one of Vermont’s most reputable, most experienced general contracting companies. Since 1984, the firm has been providing quality construction services to clients in the restaurant, education, and manufacturing sectors. On top of that, the company is recognized as one of Vermont’s best food and beverage builders, having completed projects like the Caledonia Spirits Distillery, the Runamok Maple, and Lake Champlain Chocolates.
The company is also behind the construction of the world-famous von Trapp Brewery & Beer Hall in Stowe, Vermont. Its production facility can produce a variety of seasonal lagers and has a 50,000 barrel capacity. Adjacent to this brewery is a beer hall equipped with a full-scale restaurant and commercial kitchen. It has a timber frame structure with exterior and interior trim detailing. Von Trapp Beer Hall also features a patio and an attached four-season greenhouse.
ML Bell Construction
11029 Richardson Rd., Ashland, VA 23005
With a motto saying “Build it like you own it,” ML Bell Construction is always thoughtful in undertaking its construction projects. It is a nationally serving design-build general contractor that also offers construction management and land development. Clients appreciate the company’s approach because it prioritizes the positive impact that buildings can make on a business. The company has successfully worked with both independent and franchised brands: Dunkin’ Donuts, Jimmy John’s, and Krispy Kreme.
In Richmond, ML Bell Construction built Strangeways Brewing. The finished project has an eclectic atmosphere, with a geometrically embossed copper ceiling, warm lighting, and red and blue-green painted walls. The 4,000 square foot space has a production facility and an outdoor patio for additional seating.
Dovetail General Contractors
1143 NW 45th St., Seattle, WA 98107
Seattle-based Dovetail General Contractors is an award-winning construction company that builds custom homes and commercial projects in Washington. It was founded in 1991 and has since built a reputation for delivering well-designed buildings to clients in the retail and foodservice businesses. The company is committed to environmentally sustainable design, having a woodshop that is Forest Stewardship Council Certified. Its work has appeared in prestigious industry publications like Dezeen, Metropolis, and Architectural Digest. It has also received awards of merit from AIA and Architizer.
Among Dovetail’s best work is the Trailbend Taproom in Seattle. Built in collaboration with Graham Baba Architects, the project turned out as a beer hall-style taproom that perfectly blends with the industrial Ballard neighborhood. It occupies the 1,700 square-foot space of the Klotski building’s ground floor. Pedestrians can see the activities inside the bar through the full height windows and sliding glass doors. It also has contemporary finishes, including Carrara marble, walnut and steel, and salvaged wood.
Elite Custom Builders
8384 3rd St. Stonewood, WV 26301
Elite Custom Builders serves the North Central areas of West Virginia. The firm offers general contracting services to clients in the commercial and residential sectors. It is co-owned by COO Sean Oldaker and CFO Rob Grabow and is led by a leadership team with a combined industry experience of more than 70 years. Together, they help clients successfully build their first homes or businesses, making the entire building process seamless and hassle-free.
In its home state, Elite Custom Builders has built several food and beverage establishments. One of its projects is Cody’s, which is located in White Oaks in Bridgeport. In a review of the company’s performance, owner Cody Thrasher was happy to share just how efficient Elite had been: finishing a 90-day project in just 42 days.
Lechner Construction Services
204 Wilmont Dr, Waukesha, WI 53189
Lechner Construction Services is a family-owned and operated company with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. It has completed several projects over the years, specializing in the design and construction of restaurants and bars. The company serves clients throughout the Midwest and Texas, where it offers a wide variety of general contracting services.
Lechner Construction Services built several bars and restaurants in Milwaukee. A particularly fun one is the Point Burger Bar, the first concept that allows diners to create their own specialty burgers. The space has the feel of a casual dining joint because of the vibrant blue, steel, and white palette that dominates the space. It also features a wall display of the broad range of wines, beers, and spirits that it offers.
River Valley Builders
1616 E F St. Casper, WY 82601
River Valley Builders was founded by Tyler Holthouse and John Lance in 2007. Initially, it was opened to cater to residential clients, but it eventually worked with clients in the restaurant sector. The company found success in the business through building on its clients’ visions, while also fostering a fun building experience for them. In 2016, it opened a showroom in Wyoming, a one-stop-shop for design and construction needs. The firm’s work has been featured in local publications, including the Casper Star-Tribune.
In Casper, River Valley Builders completed the C85 Wonder Bar. The project involved the renovation of an old and closed-in two-story building. The renovated result features full bar areas on each floor, an open riser stair, and a second-story balcony with a view of the first floor. It also has open-air seating options, a game room, and a 40-tap beer system.