Having served variously as a Chevrolet dealership, a furniture store, and an office supply retailer in the past, this prominent storefront on Main Street in Brevard, NC is seeing new life as the restaurant, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie. Domokur Architects completed the entire renovation of this space in three months, and the restaurant, with award-winning Executive Chef Jaime Hernandez, held its grand opening on October 17th.
Occupying 6,000 SF, the restaurant can host around 100 guests in a variety of seating arrangements, including traditional tables, bar seating, public-house style tables made from thick slabs of hewn wood, a steel chef’s bar that offers a close-up view of the kitchen, and a 600 SF patio with café tables. The loft space of the building, with plans to become an art gallery, also houses a cigar lounge outfitted with an ultra-quiet, powerful exhaust system.
The historic nature of the building was maintained through refinishing the original oak floors and leaving the steel beams exposed. Additionally, many locally-sourced salvaged architectural elements were included into the design, including 200 year-old pine beams above the bar, a hostess stand made from 19th century stair posts, and the use of carriage doors salvaged from house dating to 1915 as room dividers for the restaurant’s two areas that can be reserved for private dining for 12-40 people.
Here is a recent article discussing Jaime's, as well as other exciting new developments in Brevard.