The challenge with this commercial custom wine cellar project in Chicago, Illinois was to change a relatively small area behind the bar from its original plain, basic square shelving and tiny wine cooler combination structure into an impressive wine storage and display area.
Custom wine cellars designed for commercial use often come with their own set of constraints and challenges. For this project the establishment “The Girl & the Goat” was a well-known and very popular bar and restaurant in the Chicago area, recently named #4 in the top best restaurants in the U.S. by Travelers’ Choice! We were therefore very excited to take on this high profile commercial wine display project.
The Girl & the Goat Chicago Restaurant Custom Wine Cellar Project Design
This was a renovation project updating a cluttered area behind a bar to give it more of a purpose built wine storage and display ambiance. The wine cellar style design included horizontal wine bottle racking, allowing label forward displays and replacing a small wine refrigerator, an increased capacity of refrigerated wine storage. All this had to be achieved within a very tight and fixed budget.
The custom wine racks were constructed in stained and lacquered mahogany and enclosed a Climadiff Climagan Diva 315 Multi-temperature Wine Cabinet. The racks consisted of a mix of high capacity 750ml standard racking and ‘X’ bins for bulk storage. We have included the design drawings as well as the before and after images so you can see the detail of the wine cellar racks and their layout design elements.
For the refrigerated Climagan wine cabinet we made use of a basic package but upgraded it with an additional seven shelves giving it a total of fifteen.
As is often the case with commercial projects, as well as the size constraints we had a very narrow window in which to start and finish the whole project. Danny and Glenn, our partner contractors for the Chicago area ‘Big City Wine Cellar Builders‘, successfully removed all the old shelving, refinished the walls and installed the new wine cellar racking in record time, in just a 24 hour window, over a holiday period. All in time for the grand opening and without any hiccups, sorry… pun intended!
About The Girl & the Goat Chicago
The Girl & the Goat restaurant is located at 809 Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607, led by Executive Chef Stephanie Izard and has been providing fun cuisine, craft beers on tap as well as actually making wine, all in a rustic setting since mid-2010.
The restaurant is open every day from around 4:30pm, and stays open till late, 11pm on weeknights though to midnight, Friday and Saturday nights. The Girl & the Goat’s menu is broken into three primary groups, vegetable, fish and meat with interesting and fun combinations. Fresh bread is baked every day on the premises and it considers itself a ‘local’ restaurant, working with a number of farms in the Chicago area for most of its produce.
The Girl & the Goat can be found on the West Loop, central to the Randolph Restaurant Corridor. The restaurant has a bar seating area as well as varied table seating. The Girl & the Goat blends their own wines, and it’s guaranteed to give you a unique experience as well as a great night out.