Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, Champaign

  • Location: Champaign, IL
  • Completed: 2015 & 2018
  • Architect: Gaylord Swisher
  • Project included: General contracting, rough carpentry, extensive finish carpentry, remediation, and more

Black Dog Smoke & Ale House had become “one of the top BBQ restaurants in the country.”  When the owners decided to transform the historic old Champaign Depot building into their second location, the low-bid General Contractor was Barber & DeAtley, Inc.  And when they were ready to expand, they again called Barber & DeAtley, Inc.

The initial project included exterior repairs and stabilization while keeping the historic elements of the building.  An addition was built on the north end of the building to house Black Dog’s smokers.  And the entire interior was transformed, including intricate woodwork details by our talented craftsmen.  New utility services were provided, new bathrooms added, and a new bar built that stretched more than half the length of the building was built.  The historic structure was also reinforced and insulated, while others replaced the roof.

The expansion included building an addition which did not take away from the historic charm of the original structure, while adding nearly 50% to the seating capacity of the facility.

Besides being the General Contractor, Barber & DeAtley, Inc. self performed selective demolition, structural and ornamental steel, interior and exterior framing, structural and flat work concrete, rough and finish carpentry, walk-in and keg cooler installation, and more.

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