The Union Street- Restaurant Reveal

February 21st, 2017 | Paint, Restaurant

As we creep up on the first anniversary at The Union Street, I can’t believe this post was a year in the making! I purposely didn’t post a restuarant reveal for the first few months after opening because I wanted all the locals to come to see it in person. As days turned into months there was always something I wanted to get done or change before I made it official. Here were are exactly one year from the day we got the keys in our hands.  I couldn’t be more excited to share with you The Union Street Restaurant Reveal! FYI, this is a picture heavy post. 

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Welcome to The Union Street where local, fresh food is a must, and a friendly atmosphere can always be found!

The Dining Room

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The restaurant is divided into two sections. A dining room, and a pub… which are really only divided by a curtain that is most often open. We can seat 50-60 comfortably in the dining room, and when we host live music the pub can hold up to 90.

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Prior to our ownership the restaurant wasn’t in that bad of shape. It had a certain eclectic charm that the locals grew to love. However, certain areas needed more TLC than others. Like the pub and the bathrooms for instance, check out that reveal post here.

Let me show you what we started with…

A lot of dark moody color and a bit too cluttered for our taste. Out with the old, in with the new!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

We are blessed with high ceilings and a lot of natural light from the big windows that can accommodate black very well (Black Magic PPG1001-7).

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

It was so much fun choosing colors to go in our space. The bright pops of color really accent our vintage collections and tie the large space together.  The main yellow color, appropriately named ‘Curry Sauce’ (PPG1210-7) was inspired by The PPG Book of Now that suggests color trends for commercial spaces. However, I have to admit before artwork was up on the wall, I was concerned I painted a big bumble bee.

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

I sourced most of our artwork from Etsy, with the exception of the beautiful vintage scoops photograph. It was generously given to me from local food photographer, Kelly Neil.  I built some simple wooden frames for each and the gallery wall came together perfect. I just love the pop of yellow, and the sharp contrast with the black!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Bold accent colors, Wet Coral (PPG 1189-6) and Pale Jade (PPG 1230-4) completed the dining room. I can’t begin to tell you how painful it was to strip the old paint from that front desk, layers and layers of peeling paint! 

My handy dandy cousins helped me out with lots of little projects, like building that record shelf, and the light fixture below, good guys to have on your team!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

I replaced the curtains and the throw pillows with Sunbrella fabric, which has great durability and perfect for our commercial space.  The large curtain the is called Frequency Ash, it reminds me of birch bark.

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

My camera collection lining a pillar is always a great conversation piece. I love hunting for new treasures and trinkets to display. We’ve even had some customers drop off pieces they think we’d appreciate!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Pub

Moving into the pub, this bar area was one of our biggest challenges. We needed to rearrange to create a more functional working space, plus add in an additional keg fridge. By cutting out a section of the counter, eliminating some unnecessary shelves and removing the oversized glass rack from up above, we were able to do just that! Plus, we even made room for an ice machine!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Next up was the stucco walls, they had to go!! Shiplap for the win. Thank goodness for Ryobi Tools, they helped me out with a new brad nailer, you feel almost a little powerful when you’re cranking out a box a nails a minute!

shiplap wall

Can you believe how bright it made the room?! We painted the shiplap with Macaroon Cream (PPG 15-05). This is my new go to off white color. The opposite walls we painted in a soft grey (Lazy Afternoon PPG 1007-5). We wanted to set the mood just right, so folks could dine here during the day, but not too bright for a show in the evening.

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

We are so fortunate to not only have a friend at Deep Hollow Print that does super cool letterpress work, but to have such amazing talent grace our stage. Check out the current list of shows here.

show posters at the union street

Curb Appeal

Outside we didn’t make as many changes, but certainly added to the curb appeal!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

New signs, bold paint on the planter boxes, fresh hanging baskets, and well maintained gardens really went a long way to improve the look. We brought some of the inside charm out and tied it all together by continuing with the bold color scheme.

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

I built a few tables for the sidewalk, and painted them with Red Gumball (PPG 1187-7) and Whirlpool (PPG1230-3).

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Have to give big credit to Lauren for the beautiful gardens, this lady has a black thumb!

The Union Street Berwick, Nova Scotia

Well there you have it, the grand tour! I really hope you’ll grace The Union Street doorstep sometime soon, we look forward to serving you!

The Color Scheme

Find more information about the PPG Voice of Color paint I chose for the restaurant by clicking the image, or links below:

Macaroon CreamCurry Sauce, Wet Coral, Pale Jade, Lazy Afternoon, Black Magic.

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