Between a full-time job and trying to plan this new Steak House has absolutely kept me burning the candle at both ends. Luckily I have a great partner who has been helping on menu items and planning the back of the house. This has given me the ability to plan the other aspect of the business. Granted the food has to be spot on and the beverages for all ages must be unique. The atmosphere is the exciting part for me to plan.
The atmosphere of Magnums Prime Steak House is going to be something this valley has never seen. I have been to almost every restaurant here in town and have seen some great atmospheres. These environments are not only comfortable for the entire party rather it’s you and a date or you and the family. That’s a hard balance to achieve, granted not every restaurant wants to cater to that broad of a demographic and we always enjoy those establishments as well.
When we envision Magnums Prime Streak House we see families having a great meal enjoying themselves, not worrying about the table next to them. We also see a couple laughing having a great time in an environment that allows them to let loose and enjoy each other. As we walk around up to the bar, there are a group of old friends sharing stories only spoken of between them over a couple cold ones.
I wrote a bit about some of the features I want throughout the restaurant primarily on the exterior. With plans on a grand patio with a sweet copper water wheel being powered by water runoff and/or the mini river running through the restaurant. That’s still in the works and we are getting close to finalizing the design and starting fabrication. I’m thinking the patio will be floored with river rock but in a way that keeps the surface level, we all hate those wobbly tables and chairs. A number of the rocks will be sourced from local riverbeds giving it that unique and local feel.
To further the vision of our patio. We will have a number of different size tables. Some with chairs, some with bench seating and all trimmed with copper inlays to match the water wheel. Also a nice bar top accented with river rocks and maybe even flowing water throughout, all this highlighted with blue and white LED’s.
This isn’t going to be a patio only used in the nice weather. We envision this patio being one of the main reasons people come to the Steak House so we want to make it functional throughout the year. In order to do that we have to find a way to enclose the patio, yet be able to open it up when weather permits. After studying a number of locations throughout the West Coast, I think we’re leaning towards custom glass garage doors.
As part of my current job I have the opportunity to travel across the region and visit many different restaurants. There are ton of ideas to draw from and incorporate into our own unique environment. I was recently in Orange County California and was eating at this very cool trendy restaurant who had an amazing patio. The had garage doors to enclose the patio when needed, which in Southern California is few and far between. Especially with the heater system they had going for the evening crowd, which is something we are looking into as well. But is what really caught my eye was there garage doors and gate which secured and the restaurant parking lot were customized to fit their theme of sushi and seafood.
I thought a bit about this and happened to contact and talk with their garage door maintenance and gate repair company, who they sourced this custom setup from, Ameran Garage Doors. Even though they were in Southern California I figured they could give me some general numbers on the doors and gate as well how often they service the products. They turned me on to the custom shop who created the setup and were more than helpful in answering my questions.
So I contacted the manufacturer and started talking with them on a couple unique designs to fit our area. The garage doors on the exterior of the patio need to be functional yet private. To accomplish this the plan is to frost the panes in the shape of the foothills and incorporate some metal and copper work to immolate the various rivers and wildlife we have in the Treasure Valley. Yes, even a herd of cattle grazing in the open range. Another side of the patio will have geese flying in the sky over a huge stage drinking form the river with a black bear coming off the hills. The scenery within the glass and metal work can’t impede the natural scenery and still provide privacy which is a bit of a trick.
The perimeter of our location will incorporate an iron-rod fence and large custom gate which will close the parking lot at night. Throughout this metal work I plan on sticking with the copper accents and metal works of wildlife through our area. I envision the gate having a couple Bulls, one on each side, so when the gate is closed they appear to be entangled with their horns locked fighting for position.
We are still at the drawing board with this concept but would love to hear your thoughts and ideas of aspects to incorporate. If you have a great idea, please send us an e-mail and who know you might have your idea come to life.