Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Mankato, MN | Commercial

Overview

When renovating this historic Art Deco building in downtown Mankato, ISG collaborated with Number 4 to create an upscale, casual restaurant and bar that is authentic to the original building.


Opportunity

An abandoned historic building in a prime location provided a great opportunity for a stylish restaurant in a developing area.

Solution

ISG designed the renovation of an existing Art Deco building into the home of Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen. While the site posed some design challenges, innovative solutions produced a one-of-a-kind dining experience that will have guests returning for another visit. One of the design challenges was the odd placement of existing columns. Several faux columns were added to create an even aesthetic and make the previous columns appear intentional. Original ceilings, soffits, and duct work posed additional difficulties, which the design team balanced with unique elements including elevated seating areas, partial height walls, and heavy millwork. This resourceful solution offered the added benefit of providing a rich blend of distinct dining experiences for guests.

This modern version of a retro supper club inspires the ambiance and charm of the 1950s era that includes leather booths, pendant light fixtures, and stainless steel tiles on the fireplace and bar backsplash. The raised booths are draped with deep red velvet curtains, providing guests with privacy during their dining experience. Accenting the carpets, curtains, bar seating, and even the candles is the color red, creating a consistent image throughout. An electric mixture of seating types and light fixtures reinforces the desired image of an informal, but comfortable environment.


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