Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania
Architect: Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.
Owner: Kalahari Resorts, LLC
Contractor: Kraemer Brothers, LLC
Located on the campus of a waterpark hotel and convention resort, the structure is at the hub of the eight-story hotel tower and convention center. The Double Cut Charcoal Grill is a contemporary high-end steakhouse and liquor bar with a modern sophisticated vibe on the first floor .
The restaurant houses a variety of wines from around the world with private tasting room, and offers multiple private dining experiences to appeal to all guests.
As visitors enter the site of the massive adjoining building, this attractive building portrays itself as something to be discovered. Bold exterior signage hits at an old Chicago cityscape, acting as an attractant for visiting guests to the resort. The cityscape feel continues with the accompanying backdrop of old style red brick. The introduction of black brick and stone grounds the structure while a continuous band of streamline metal panels and accents of metal shingles bring continuity and a contemporary flare to the overall façade. A highly landscaped outdoor patio was used to screen the adjoining parking lot, offer pleasant views from inside dining areas and provide a place for people to lounge in an outdoor setting.
Once inside, the materials stay true to the modern contemporary vibe by bringing in the black and red accent colors of the exterior. Upon entering, guest are initially brought into the bar area that allows them to choose from a variety of experiences – bar seating, high top tables, booths and the lounge – all of which are open to experience the sleek linear, open-flame fireplace that brings warmth and relaxation to the space. The back bar is pure display of the high-end liquor. The lounge backdrop is a rhythm of chiseled stone columns with a vast expanse of large windows that look into the wine cellar and one of several private dining rooms, yet visual perception is obscured by the floor-to-ceiling mounted metal wine racks.
The corridor connecting the entry bar / lounge to the dining areas transforms into a stone-covered arched ceiling, creating the cellar experience. Steel and glass arched decorative doors lead into separate dining experiences and the tasting room.
The group dining area and secondary group private dining area which are separated by a large see-through fireplace. Flanking each side are large, glass double doors that permit the spaces to open up to one another. Rustic wood floors are softened by the undulating acoustical ceiling panels that add to the interest of the space.
Photos: JakeRost Photography