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World Café Live at the Queen Theater

THE NEED/THE CHALLENGE

The Queen Theatre is a 45,000 square foot historic building in Wilmington, Delaware that was being converted to a multi-outlet, multi-level, multi-theatre entertainment facility. The large facility required thoughtful and thorough programming and design to accommodate the various kitchen, bars and foodservice areas needed to support main music venue, restaurants and various function and meeting spaces, which were spread across six of the seven floors of the venue. The Design Difference needed to balance the needs of the owner and operation to build out the following areas:

  • Main Kitchen
  • Storage and receiving complex and supporting back of house foodservice areas
  • Restaurant display kitchen
  • Rooftop restaurant kitchen and support areas
  • Restaurant bar
  • Main venue bar
  • Second floor venue bar
  • Two Banquet pantries
  • Coffee shop/café

 

The foodservice spaces were located on six of the seven levels of the building, and the foodservice equipment package for The Queen was approximately $750,000.  Overall cost of construction was $13.1 million.  The project was completed in February, 2011.

 

THE SCOPE

Our scope of services included initial concept development, space planning and programming, design and construction administration.

 

THE RESULT

The Design Difference worked on the foodservice design for the $13.1 million project to convert The Queen Theatre into the entertainment complex it is today. The project included approximately $750,000 in food service equipment across the 45,000 square foot space. It was completed in February 2011 and included two restaurants, two bars and several event spaces to accommodate as many as 1,100 people.

 

Location

Wilmington, DE

OPERATOR

Real Entertainment Group, Hal Real

Category
And Beyond, Case Study