When we were designing the restaurant, we searched and searched to find an alternative to the standard wood restaurant chair. While we needed something that would stand up to the heavy use of a restaurant, we wanted something different, with a more modern feel. Finally we stumbled upon this wonderful company in Hanover, Pa that uses post-consumer materials to manufacture their furniture. EMECO was founded in the 1940’s and became famous when the US Navy asked them to create a virtually indestructible chair, now the legendary aluminum “navy chair”.
Our 111 Navy white chairs are each made of 111 recycled Coca Cola bottles. Our Alfi chair and bar stool seats are made with 100% post-consumer waste. How thrilled we are that they are manufactured and produced right here in Pennsylvania! You’ve got to love a company whose goal is to make recycling obsolete by making things that last! Please check out their full story and see their complete line of products at Emeco.net.
Neil Choquette created the beautiful cushions for our banquettes. Neil is a master craftsman in the fine art of upholstery. Please visit Neil and his wife Allison at 801 State Street, Lemoyne.
Jonathan Weaver of Weaver Builders built the banquette frames for us. Jonathan painstakingly created a sloping seat to them for a more natural fit. We hope you find them to have the comfort intended!
Our Design Partner
We have a long history with Busy Bee Design in Philadelphia. They know our style well, and we therefore reached out to them to help us in designing the restaurant. Among other features, they found us the remarkable foam wallpaper that also serves to absorb noise levels in the restaurant. Check them out at BusyBeePhilly.com.
Our General Contractor
We looked to JEM Group to serve as general contractor. JEM is a woman-owned construction firm located in Harrisburg, a rarity indeed! Jessica E Meyers founded JEM with the single purpose of providing personalized construction services. Learn more at JEMgroup.net.
KMB Industries crafted our back bar using Busy Bee’s design. They applied an acid wash to the brass “V” to create the turquoise pantina which we love. The Carerra Marble was sourced from Lesher Marble.
We turned to Centric Bank to provide us with the financial tools and resources to build the restaurant. Patti Husic, president, understood our dream and has personally seen to providing everything we need for success. We cannot recommend the entire Centric Team more highly. They provide the highly personal banking service that small businesses like ourselves thrive on.
We also reached out to Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation which provided some of our equipment financing for VRAI. They have an incredible team working to bring the financial resources to develop and grow local businesses like ours. Please visit CumberlandBusiness.com for more information.
Our Food and Beverage Partners:
We gravitate to local, family owned businesses to source our food and beverages. Our local partners include Caputo Cheese, Lykens Valley Creamery, Daisy Organic Flour Mill, Farm Fresh Farmers’ Cooperative, John Gross and Company, and Wine Merchants Ltd., among others. We love working with local, like-minded businesses.