Chad Thai Urban Asian Kitchen restaurant is another design/build project for Chandlee and Sons Construction Company. Partners, Jim Chandlee and Seth Chandlee, signed a contract with the new tenants in early January 2015 for the architectural design and construction for their new restaurant.
The scope of this commercial project was to construct the Thai restaurant within the space of a former Old Pretzel Factory store. Stage one of this project was the architectural design for the Chad Thai Urban Asian Kitchen. Once the design was completed and approved the next order of business was to apply for the building permit.
Work began in earnest on February 2. The first order of business was to reconfigure the existing small kitchen into a full size commercial kitchen to contain additional appliances and work surfaces, a dishwashing area, cold storage, a dry goods pantry, and additional storage. Some demolition was necessary and existing partition walls were removed to open the space. The crew constructed the entry and a check-out area with low walls that allow customers to observe the cooking and preparation of the food in the open kitchen.
The owners wanted lots of color in the design and a display that would represent the spices found in an Asian street market. Seth created a wall feature made of pallet materials in a random pattern washed in a variety of vibrant colors. And despite the ice storms moving through Atlanta February 25, Seth and his crew were nearing completion preparing to turn the project over to the owners in another ten days.
The counters for food preparation are constructed of plumbing pipes and topped with walnut butcher block that have been sealed and polished to a high sheen. The walls in the kitchen are covered from ceiling to floor in white subway tiles and the spice wall display was completed. The installation of the new kitchen was performed by Complete Vent Hood Installation at www.facebook.com/completevent.hoodinstallation.
Chandlee and Sons turned the project over to owner, Chad Eby, for the finishing touches and the restaurant opened in May of 2015. The new owner had this to say about his experience:
“I feel very fortunate to have the pleasure of working with Chandlee and Sons! I could not have asked for better contractors – from beginning to end they have been professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I have been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and have heard so many horror stories about contractors. Therefore, I was very nervous about hiring one and did not know what to expect. Chandlee and Sons put to rest any nervousness I had. Once we approved the bid and signed the contract they moved very quickly.
They were always onsite making sure the job was getting done correctly and in a timely manner. If there was a problem they were very good at solving it. I knew whatever came up they had the experience to overcome it. Not only did Jim and Seth build my restaurant, they helped me design it as well. They had so many great ideas. I continually bounced ideas off them and they always had an honest answer for me.
Had it not been for them my place would not have the awesome multi-colored wood wall and my counter tops would not look nearly as good. Aside from the construction and design aspect they also gave me advice on who to speak with about permits and when to get them. I probably would not have my liquor license now if they had not advised me on how long it takes to get it.
Chandlee and Sons helped me get out of more than a few jams. I soon learned just to ask if they knew “a guy” and they always did. Not only do they have contacts, their contacts are just as good as they are. So to summarize, Chandlee and Sons rocks! I can’t think of enough words to describe just how happy I am with them. Thanks guys!”
Chandlee and Sons’ Founding Partner, Seth Chandlee, had this to say about his visit to the restaurant after its recent opening: “Alpharetta peeps! Y’all have got to try Chad Thai restaurant on Highway 9 in the shopping center with the Target store. Chandlee and Sons built it. I ate there for lunch and WOW! I’m so full, but I want to go back and keep eating because the food is so dang good.”
This is the sixth project for Chandlee and Sons Construction in the desirable Alpharetta shopping center of Deerfield Place. Chad Thai is located next door to Firehouse Subs in Suite 910 at 13087 Georgia Highway 9 facing the road north of the intersection with Windward Parkway. Visit their website at http://www.chadthai.com/.