Case Study:

BigFire American Fare


Total renovation of the existing Emeril’s restaurant to create the new big fire grill. JK2 increased the existing floor area of the structure to 14,000SF on the first and second floors of the three story building after stripping the interior of the building back to the original structure. An all new kitchen with wood burning exhibition grill and exhaust scrubber offer guests a view into the heart of the restaurant. All new mechanical, electrical and plumbing and fixtures were added. The focal point of the interior finishes is a 50′ lighted canoe hanging from the exposed structure three stories above the open air dining area.


Located in the heart of CityWalk, construction took place during the day and night with double shifts to meet the complex schedule to coincide with the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Demolition commenced as the final construction drawings were being developed, requiring a close partnership with the design team and the client to maintain the project schedule and provide solutions to complex unforeseen existing conditions not detailed in the drawings.