The Hidden Shamrock Chooses Rustic Restaurant Furniture for Remodel!


When Sean Griffin, General Manager of The Hidden Shamrock, started looking at remodeling he knew he wanted to incorporate reclaimed furniture into the new design. He began searching for the perfect fit for his traditional Irish bar located in Chicago, IL. Griffin soon became frustrated in his search. “I couldn’t find what I wanted and I was really put off by other prices” stated Griffin.

Running out of options, he decided to try the National Restaurant Association Show, one of the biggest annual trade shows for the restaurant industry. It was there that he spotted East Coast Chair & Barstool’s display of reclaimed restaurant furniture and knew that his long search was over. “I loved your stuff and it was shockingly economical,” Said Griffin.

He was pleased to purchase our reclaimed wood table tops and metal chairs with reclaimed wood seats. These products were able to create the rustic, homey atmosphere that he was going for in his restaurant and pub. He was finally able to create the aesthetic that he had been searching for during his remodel.

When we asked him about his experience with remodeling, he told us it’s no picnic. Remodeling is a stressful process and needs to be a labor of love explained Griffin. Owners need to ask themselves if the change is going to enhance the guest experience better. If the answer is yes then do it, if the answer is no, then don’t. Thankfully he decided the reclaimed furniture was going to enrich the patron’s experience and he wasn’t wrong. “People can’t help but notice them,” Griffin explained.

As for aesthetics during a remodel, Griffin suggests keeping it simple. “Don’t go too trendy. Do it because you like it and feel a connection. Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

The seasoned general manager also recommends taking what you think you are going to spend and multiplying it by 1.3. Griffin acknowledged that the restaurant industry is full of surprises and it is better to be prepared for anything that might come your way.

pic3“I would use East Coast Chair & Barstool again. They do a good job and seem to have a good relationship with their Amish vendors who produce their quality reclaimed products.” said Griffin speaking of our Amish craftsmen.

If you would like to incorporate rustic furniture into your restaurants design, these products and more can be found on the company’s website



6 Ways to Renovate Your Restaurant on a Budget

Do you want a fresh look for your bar or restaurant, but don’t have a lot of cash to spend? Here are some easy ways to transform your space on a budget!  Whether you pick just one or a combination of these ideas, your bar or restaurant will be looking like new without a lot of expense!

  1. Curb appeal makeover. Your restaurant’s appearance from the outside says “come on in” or “don’t come at all.”  Do you have a prominent restaurant sign that drivers-by can’t miss?  Does your sign clearly say what you are?  For example, if your business name is just Joe’s Place, you may want to add “Good Eats, Tall Drinks, Live Music” beneath your name, so out-of-towners know exactly what they’ll find inside your doors.  Is your front entrance tidy and trimmed?  Maybe you need to add an outdoor waste receptacle, a friendly bench for waiting patrons, or a warm and welcoming porch swing or Adirondack chair for some added charm, depending on your business model.  When it’s after sunset, is there ample lighting for guests to enter and exit safely?  A welcome sign on the door?  You don’t necessarily have to hire a landscape artist, but a quick trip to the local greenhouse could really brighten up your entry way. Consider what your storefront says about you and what easy steps you can take to improve your curbside image.
  2. Furniture re-arrangement. A simple restaurant remodel doesn’t mean dumping a ton of dollars into new construction projects and man power.  Thinking out your space planning and moving your existing restaurant furniture around could be just the trick you need for a fresh new look!
  3. Table overhaul. Our customers have told us that they need to replace their restaurant tables about every 7 years in order to keep their dining rooms looking great.  There are a lot of ways to do this, though!  If you have solid wood table tops, you could have them refinished by sanding down and re-staining.  Not solid wood?  Don’t worry, there are a lot of inexpensive but quality restaurant table tops on sale year-round.  And the best part is, because table tops and table bases are generally sold separately, you only have to replace the top and can keep your still-in-good-shape table bases!  Not sure you have the budget for a new top?  Why not consider using linens to cover up any scratched or stained tables in your restaurant?
  4. New seating. You don’t need to purchase new restaurant chairs to create a new seating look.  Do your chairs need new seats?  The seats need re-upholstered?  The frames need touched up with paint or stain? A little T.L.C. can go a long way in keeping your chairs looking like new!  But maybe it is time for a more modern look.  Or maybe you want to add some comfortable restaurant booths.  You can find great deals on restaurant seating that won’t break the bank!
  5. Accessorize. Are the artwork and decorations getting less and less exciting in your place?  Create a new vibe in your bar or restaurant by adding some new lighting, new photographs, or doing something a little more wild, like a wall-to-floor mural or a chalkboard wall, where your guests can write messages and reviews.  Fresh paint, clean entry carpets, and some new decorations could really go a far way.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
  6. Outward expansion. If your renovation goals are to seat more people, maybe it’s time you open an outdoor patio.  Even if you’re located in a four-season area, there are plenty of ways to extend outdoor dining after summer ends.  Maybe it’s time you applied for that permit and started shopping for outdoor restaurant furniture on sale.

Good luck and happy renovating!