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1017 Highland Ave:: Abie & Bimbos Pizza Restaurant

1017 Highland Ave:: Abie & Bimbos Pizza Restaurant

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This forgotten building from the late 1950’s found a transformation from a mundane, unnoticed building to this modern landmark on the southern edge of the City of Greensburg. The Owner bought the 1,200 SF building to relocate their business to a place with parking and also found a new apartment to live where they could be close to their business.

This mixed use structure posed a multitude of challenges from budget, space requirements, building codes and many technical challenges. The architect wove a series of bold design solutions that solve a multitude of tasks into one cohesive design that delivers a new image and brand to this restaurant. New elements and 400 square feet of small additions were charged with serving multiple functions besides appearance.

The energy of the new outdoor features is carried inside where the architectural elements serve as a means of directing customers and giving an identity to each space. The multi-colored storefront provides solar and wind control and tenuously supports the new canopy. The metal “folded” element leads one from the parking into the building, transforms into wood ceiling panels and defines the circulation space from the eating space. Even the two-colored floor is included to give the dining space its own identity.

An outdoor patio is included giving customers a place to dine outside in good weather; a rare pleasure in this city. This is no longer a take-out business; it is a cool place to eat out and enjoy time with family and friends.

Client: Doug Mirolli, Abie & Bimbos Pizza
Contractor: Vince Building Company
Kitchen Design: Joe Quiquaro, Best Restaurant Equipment & Design
HVAC/Refrigeration: Demilio Heating and Cooling
Structural Engineering Consultant: Morris Knowles and Associates
MEP Engineering Consultant: AJC Professional Services
Photographer: Skysight Photography