This past Friday, the team did another walk-thru at Detroit’s G.A.R. building and discussed the final layout for the Republic Tavern. After month’s of creating floor plans for the restaurant and then changing them, and then moving them around again, it was time to commit to the space and move things forward. The black spray paint on the floor outlines the location of the bar.Today, the concrete saw arrived.We’re told that initially the G.A.R. building was designed with a full basement. At one point however, the decision was made to include an elevator and the funds for that were taken, in part, from the monies set aside for the basement. Ultimately, the basement makes up about half of the floor plate. There is very little basement under the planned tavern. Given that, the team is now tearing up the floor. As we look to add beer taps at the bar and drains in the bathrooms, trenches must be dug to create the space for the pipes and tubing. If you look closely in some of the photos you can see the original storefronts which we have re-created. The openings are almost floor to ceiling and will ring the restaurants on all sides of the building.
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo