Richard Gonzmart chose Metro-Bay
Gonzmart already owned the Columbia restaurant and had a well known brand in Tampa. Taking on another location called for a partner he could trust to collaborate and coordinate this complex adaptive reuse.
Utilizing and highlighting the existing historic structure, with minimal partitioning was a strategy that Metro-Bay developed to not only keep costs inline, but to allow an industrial look to match the buildings roots.
Using exposed spiral duct work, a new metal mezzanine stair and rails, helped highlight the exposed cedar sub-roof and wood trusses. The mid-building round-top window door became the new grand entrance, while replacing roll-up metal doors.