DALLAS – Blue Mesa Grill needed its order delivered extra fast and extra spicy. The order was a tall one to fill, however. The Mexican restaurant’s recently acquired location – an outdated, western-themed steakhouse on the corner of Beltline and Montfort Dr. in Addison – needed to be transformed from a rustic watering hole to something with a little more olé, all within 100 days.
Fortunately, Mesa SW Restaurants -Dallas, owner of Blue Mesa Grill, already knew a team it trusted to do the remodel right: General contractor Alarcon Construction Group LLC and architects Carrell Partners & Yost Architecture. The general contractor and architects had previously worked together to complete a Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington. AGC owner Agustin Alarcon knew his company could bring in results on time and within the $745,000 budget.
Because the team was already familiar with Blue Mesa Grill’s south-of-the-border style, choosing the remodel’s environmentally friendly materials and finishes was an easier part of the project. A stucco-clad exterior and a unique pergola using naturally knotted cedar posts greet guests at the restaurant’s entrance.
“What makes this project unique, at first sight, is the beautiful pergola at the front entrance,” Agustin says. “We have had several people call us who have seen the pergola, ask the Blue Mesa management who built it and then call us to ask about installing one at their business or home.”
String lights woven into a rebar grid illuminates the patio for a welcoming ambience. Rebar makes a second appearance in the restaurant’s interior in the form of unique hanging bar shelves and a bar cage. LED strip lighting installed under the bar overhang casts a soft blue light. Authentic Saltillo tile and natural hardwood flooring are featured throughout the restaurant, along with an abundance of millwork found in natural cedar slab tables, a cedar hostess stand and other decorative amenities. Reclaimed pine is also highlighted in distressed tables and a trellis. A gabion wall surrounds the fireplace with naturally colored rocks.
Choosing the materials was a minimal challenge compared to the tight 100-day deadline facing the team.
“The owners had already advertised a specific opening day,” Agustin says. “Meeting the short schedule was a grueling task but we succeeded, and the restaurant was open and in full operation on opening day. Successfully mastering the management of all subcontractors, material deliveries, installations and inspections without incident is purely due to ACG’s excellence in project management and scheduling. We make every effort to anticipate delays and to be proactive on all projects. Subcontractors worked evenings, weekends and holidays to maintain this project’s schedule. Asking our subcontractors to expedite construction is not an easy thing to do, but we made a commitment to the customer that we could make sure the project remained within their budget, and we made it happen.”
Any challenge the team faced was mitigated by the enjoyable relationship ACG and the architects had with their client.
“We had already completed another Blue Mesa Grill restaurant in Arlington before we started the Addison location,” Agustin says. “We worked with the same owners and architects on both projects. I believe from working with us at the Arlington location, the owners knew they could depend on us to do a good job and maintain the schedule and budget.”
Located in Dallas, Alarcon Construction Group, LLC generalizes in new construction, renovations and remodels of commercial, residential, offices, retail, restaurants and warehouses. –mjm