Welcome to University Place: Shish Wraps Mediterranean Grille!
The locally owned and operated Lebanese restaurant features marinated shish kabobs wrapped in a pita and custom built with your selection of toppings. The space is part of University Place, an existing development on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. JZ Construction finished the 1900 square feet of rough space following the designs provided by K4 Architecture.
The plan called for installation of an unusual horizontal, rotisserie-style grill with 30" skewers. This special grill came with special requirements for ductwork, mechanical supply, mechanical return and an industrial kitchen hood exhaust. The duct work was to be routed through the University of Dayton Graduate student housing, directly above the restaurant, to the roof.
It was soon clear that these plans would need to be modified. Threading the ductwork through student housing would prove to be potentially problematic for maintenance and repairs that are not uncommon on this type of restaurant equipment.
The long-term interests of our client drove JZ Construction to devise a solution. By consulting with the architect and mechanical contractor, Detmer & Sons, we were able to make the needed adjustments to the location and sizing of these elements. We decided to relocate the ductwork through a mechanical closet in a corridor. We critically evaluated every element of the arrangement until we were sure we had the safest, most serviceable possible solution in the limited space available. The existing closet was enlarged and the plenum utilized.
"I can't tell you how much we appreciate the extra effort from the folks at JZ Companies," said Simon Abboud, a partner in the venture and the general manager. "The time and energy they took to create a holistic view of the long-term needs of our business proved to be invaluable."
The result is a perfect marriage of form and function and a great new addition to the Brown Street area.