Hood Construction has produced two Grill Marks locations for owner Larkin’s Restaurants; Columbia, SC – Vista, as well as Greenville, SC – Haywood Mall.
The Vista location is larger than its predecessor and includes roll-up garage-style doors, original brick walls, a vaulted ceiling with original wood beams, a large bar with milkshake creation station, a spacious dining room with both booth and table seating, and an outdoor patio with fireplace. A full commercial kitchen is located in the rear, as are fully-tiled restrooms and a walkout to a pedestrian alleyway. Construction took place on a heavily traveled corridor and included a complete renovation to house the restaurant space (all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, paint removal and brick restoration, etc.).
The Haywood Mall location is prominently positioned adjacent to a high-volume mall entrance. The restaurant includes both a patron entrance within the Mall as well as an exterior entrance, complete with full all-weather patio dining and outdoor fireplace. The interior dining space is open to the rest of the mall, separated by just a half-wall, to enhance the dining experience and overall flow of the space. Like its sister locations, this Grill Marks features distinct seating areas, a large bar, and Grill Mark’s signature milkshake station.
Hood’s management team smoothly executed this full-scale project, from pre-construction services through grand opening. Challenges included construction operations performed directly above an active lower-level tenant, remaining unobtrusive within a highly active mall retail environment, and successfully delivering a fast-track completion date prior to Black Friday shopping.
- Columbia, SC & Greenville, SC
- Interior Up-Fit