Big Slide Brewery

Project Type:

Commercial interior fit-up; bar, brewery, restaurant

Big Slide Brewery is an extension of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and serves as an edgier brother to the original brand.  The client’s intention was to create a space where they could “push the limits”, offering visitors an adventurous eating, drinking, and social experience.  Our central challenge was to take a roadside, 1980’s commercial building in a plain location and turn it into an energetic space that captured the brand’s progressive extension.

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Dynamic flow

The spacious area needed to be designed to comfortably fit a full brewery, barrel aging area, kitchen, bar, and restaurant.  We used lighting, seating layout and differences in material and colors to create visual breaks. This allowed us to section the space in a way that flowed well and felt inviting.

Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.
Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Material Variety

One strategy for bringing an edgy character to the space was our use of materials.  We used spray cast charcoal concrete, blackened zinc panel plating, vertical shiplap and antique door panels. Together they give the space an urban-industrial feel.  The restaurant tables have some fun local history: they’re refinished science tables salvaged from the local high school.

New and Unexpected

Lake Placid, NY is dominated by Adirondack-style architecture and interior design.  The clients wanted to present patrons with something new, different, and more in line with the urban style of the food and drinks.  So, we channeled that inspiration everywhere we could, including the design of the back bar.  We included subtle  Adirondacks elements into design, such as the treatment on the front of the bar.  When viewed from afar, the design is a perfect representation the Great Range!

Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.
Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Inside of the Barrel

For the Hostess Stand, we wanted to create a modern piece that was somehow related to the aging of beer in barrels.  We came up with a design that mimicked the space in between barrels stacked next to each other.

Inspiration

Our overall design for this space was inspired by the feeling of pleasant surprise felt when walking into a simple building and encountering a vibrant, dynamic interior.  Rather than incur high costs to fight the look of the existing building, we used the building’s natural resources to offer patrons a unique Lake Placid experience.  The bathroom dividers are antique doors and the sink vanities are sloped concrete.

Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.
Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Lights

We wanted to create a stunning display to welcome visitors when they first entered the space.  Using cutoffs from other parts of the project, we bent zinc and hung it in a random pattern, sitting just below the lights in the entryway.  The zinc acted as a diffuser and shot light in every direction.

Working with Imhotep was a pleasure from the beginning.  They listened to what we wanted to accomplish, then took our general ideas and designed (and built) a space which is light-years beyond our expectations.  They are both practical and creative, and took personal pride in making Big Slide into a showpiece for the entire customer experience.  Attention to detail was evident throughout, and, even after over a year in business, we still find little details which we did not even know existed.  I would wholeheartedly recommend Imhotep to anyone.

– Chris Ericson, Owner, Big Slide Brewery and Public House

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