Uncle Jack’s Meat House
Chandlee and Sons Construction Company was awarded the build for UNCLE JACK’S MEAT HOUSE in the Shoppes at Sugarloaf center in Duluth, Georgia. Uncle Jack’s is a development from its parent restaurant, Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse – a New York City based concern. The Duluth location is the first of the two new off shoots – the other is in Astoria, New York. The project is a Pate Design Group design, another Duluth business located in Suite 200 at 4168 Abbotts Bridge Road. Their web address is www.patedesigngroup.com.
Seth Chandlee, Managing and Founding Partner at Chandlee and Sons, put it in his own words, “Bid submitted yesterday, February 24, 2016, at 4:58pm with less than two minutes left on the clock. At 5:02pm our company was awarded the job! Coming soon – Georgia’s one and only NYC based Uncle Jack’s Meat House. A seriously sweet restaurant, doubtless any others will compare.”
On March 4 Seth commented on his Facebook page about Willie Degel, the CEO of Uncle Jack’s, and a Food Network host and motivational speaker: “Meet the Mr. Uncle Jack of Uncle Jack’s Meat House. A random referral followed by an introduction to Willie’s architect and BAAM, all the other Atlanta GC’s are out. This build will be FUN!”
On March 8 the permit was ready and the office began to gather the construction team members. On the 11th Senior Project Manager, Ken Rybnikar, took his first walk-through of the site and shot the before pictures. Demolition began soon after and the crew moved the cooler to storage. On Friday, March 18 the crew removed the floor tile and relocated the floor sink. Three days later electricians started electrical demo and locating underground circuits and by the following day they had finished removing all of the old electric components and saved the fixtures to be reused. After another week all of the ceramic tiles were removed and the floors were chopped, the signs were up and the framing crew was hard at work.
April began with the electrical roughed in and framing continuing. Kenneth commented on the 12th, “We are making great progress, work is moving right along – electricians are doing their thing, sprinklers are being installed today, and it is time to schedule the plumbers”. Two days later the framing of the soffit was complete and the brick wall was started – work on the underground plumbing began the next day. The slab plumbing passed inspection on the 21st. The framing of the bar was completed three days later and the concrete had been poured after the underground utility installation was done. Four days later the project passed the electrical and plumbing wall cover inspection and construction of the panels on front of the bar had begun.
We are progressing smoothly as the month of May began. Awaiting approvals from Uncle Jack’s for subcontractor to provide steel, wood, faux painting, knives and clevers, IT and fire. During the first week the project passed the plumbing rough-in inspection and the framing inspection. Hanging of the drywall was underway on May 6. Beam installation, drywall finish, ceiling grid installation, tile and brick work are scheduled to begin very soon. The faux finish on the bar and the walls along with the lighting install and trim will round out the end of the month. Beam installation, drywall finish, ceiling grid installation and brick work began immediately after followed by the lighting and trim install.
The 80% fire was performed on May 18. After six days the ceiling cover inspection passed; Pazini completed the installation of the tile in the restrooms, kitchen and bar; the fabrication of the wood work and metal work was underway; and the liquor display cabinet was under construction. A day later the equipment for the kitchen arrived. The construction of the bar was well underway.
Seth commented on Memorial Day, “This is a celebrity owned Atlanta location opening in only one month! The first in Georgia! A NYC based outfit owned by Food Network’s Willie Degal.”
The wood work install began the first week of June and the kitchen equipment was in place. All of the tile work was complete and the installation of the marble underway. The metal work continues as does the electrical and plumbing trim. The following Monday prepping for the micro topping of the concrete began. The new front doors were installed and painting was nearing completion at the store front. By the 17th the faux finishers arrived. Seth commented, “This place is about to go from cool to INSANE! Ten times better is coming!”
As of June 28, the Atlanta Uncle Jack’s Meat House, a NYC concern, was nearing completion. Ken lead the charge while working through several delays via the City of Atlanta. The project looked good with more special finishes still to come. Ken provided pictures of the installation of the huge fans, meat racks and hooks. The patio doors were removed and the gas stoves were in operation by July 1.
Uncle Jack’s Meat House is designed by Pate Architectural Design, the same firm that designed the Ritz Carlton. “Looking incredible with many more details being added… wait until this bad boy is done! Our team on this project is Ken Rybinkar as Senior Project Manager, Jeremias Cruz as Assistant Project Manager and Lindsey Kitchens Project Administrator”, commented Seth on July 7.
By mid-month finishing touches were being added – the walls had received their creative graphics, the old-fashioned ceiling was up along with ceiling lights, and the CO2 tank and water heater were installed. The beautiful unique metal work was nearing completion and amazing antiquated lighting fixtures were up – just beautiful and nostalgic. By the 21st of July the knife display was up and the restrooms were ready. The knives, flying pigs, cleavers and other unusual whimsical items just add to the atmosphere. The lumber was supplied and the furniture was built by a man named Fred.
The design of this ‘Atlanta first” is authentic 1890’s New York City. Uncle Jack’s Meat House was featured on Fox News, the Regular Guys Atlanta radio show and CNBC the week of July 25. During this week the fire pit was completed and the kitchen and entire restaurant were spotlessly clean.
Seth commented on July 26 regarding this fabulous new restaurant built by a fabulous team, “Ladies and gentlemen, ‘Welcome to Uncle Jack’s Meat House’. An incredible build. A great team – Ken Rubnikar, Senior Project Manager; Jeremy Cruz, Project Manager; and Lindsey Kitchens, Project Administrator! Great work by Chandlee Electric. You are seeing the future sensation before the press, the magazines articles, the radio and television ads and the red carpet! I love deals like this – ones that showcase quality. “
By the 29th of July the bar lights and artwork were up in the restaurant. Three days after the exterior lights including the marque and patio were installed and lit up at night. The walk-in coolers arrived on site August 2 for installation. The following day the fires were ablaze and there are lots of red lights. Ken logged a week later that the furniture arrived and the restaurant was ready for their Health Inspection. The fit pit was set to go and the furniture for the patio arrived later that day. A week later the patio was in full operation.
Seth commented on the Chandlee and Sons’ Facebook page, “Uncle Jack’s is the ‘sharpest’ interior restaurant build to date for us. And Willie, the owner, said that he is not even finished with the decor – saying he was taking over the T-Mobile store next door and replacing it with a cigar room! I met Chef Jason, a North Dakota native who relocated to Atlanta to make large plates of delicious aged ribeye steaks. Super Impressive!
Uncle Jack’s Meat House is open for business at 6590 Sugarloaf Parkway. The website for Uncle Jack’s is http://www.unclejacksmeathouse.com/. Also please take the time to visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UncleJacksMeathouseDuluthGA/.