August Construction Solutions collaborated with celebrated chef/restauranteur Scott Crawford to open his first casual concept restaurant, Crawford Cookshop. The project team also included developer Atlas Stark and Raleigh-based, Louis Cherry Architecture.

Perfectly located in the Historic District of the quintessential small town of Clayton, NC, Crawford’s newest spot has been described as a modern take on the local, small-town restaurants of the past. The restaurant resides in the former J.G. Barbour & Sons Hardware building constructed in 1905. Design and layout choices were intentionally made to both respect the history of the building while ensuring that diners feel welcomed in a new, cool atmosphere.

ACS worked closely with Atlas Stark, to make modifications throughout the entire building to prepare it for this next iteration. We repaired façade brickwork and painted the entire building, installed new duct work and acoustic ceilings, and rehabilitated existing hardwood flooring throughout. We completed work to the roof and installed a steel screen to hide the rooftop unit (RTU) to meet town code. Additionally, we built two generous patios with awnings-one for Crawford Cookshop, the other for a neighboring tenant. The patio extends the dining room and transforms the exterior space to visually connect it to the inside experience.

As is often the case with older structures, there was a welcomed surprise during the interior demolition phase. While removing walls to open the floorplan, the ACS team discovered an original elevator that had been covered up with drywall. We carefully deconstructed the historic piece to retain the parts. Elements of it were then adapted to create a one-of-a-kind table as well as incorporated as part of the exterior fireplace mantle.

Inside, custom touches are found throughout. Leather banquette seating lines the dining room and compliments the polished floors and millwork. The central u-shaped bar anchors the interior space and a custom-built garage door on one side of the room leads to a covered, heated patio that boasts an outdoor fireplace and seating for forty-five.

ACS is very proud to be a part of this highly anticipated project as Crawford Cookshop will no doubt become a neighborhood favorite as well as a foodie destination.

Louis Cherry Architecture
4,000 Square Feet
2021 Best Downtown Design Award, Clayton Downtown Development Association