Historic Biography to Modern Tavern Eatery

A forward-thinking menu with historic décor: welcome to Franklin Social – Tavern & Garden a new restaurant and bar in downtown Jersey City. Operated by Skopos Hospitality, the tavern was inspired by a desire to create a space for community members to socialize and further by a biography about Benjamin Franklin.

We have a need to come together, to gather much like our ancestors did,” shared Dean Maroulakos, co-founder of NJ based Skopos Hospitality. “In Franklin Social we wanted to pay homage to Ben Franklin and his beliefs in self and community betterment …we wanted to give the neighborhood a place to have insightful conversation, unwind after a long day, or have a good meal with family and friends.”

“Bible” inspired chairs provide a place for a quarterly newsletter based on Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, cocktail menus including the 13 Virtues program, and seasonal menus. Underfoot is our Black & Tan–Tan reclaimed oak flooring.

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Freshening Up Our McMinnville Oregon Operations

We’ve been implementing COVID-19 safety procedures and protocols throughout our operations in an effort to stop the spread, to keep our people and our communities safe and healthy. Recently we also added a few new tools and freshened up the mill. PLUS, while we’re keeping up our social distancing, we created a virtual tour of the mill (vid is below)!

Perhaps most noticeable to our McMinnville, Oregon town is our new-to-us dust collection system. We couldn’t resist giving it a fresh coat of paint in ‘pioneer green’. Standing approximately 40′ tall, the tower portion is one of the tallest structures in the community. Our sawdust scraps are collected and reused for animal bedding and/or repurposed into pellets for pellet stoves.

Our new (used) dust collection system is up and running in Oregon.

 

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An Interview with Bay Meadow Architectural Millwork

Sandra is more than a purchasing agent in family-owned Bay Meadow Architectural Millwork in Longwood, FL; she’s sister to the two founders and possesses a profound appreciation for all things wood. We’ve worked with Sandra and Bay Meadow for a number of restaurant projects including a few national rollouts. We had the opportunity to chat with her earlier this week about what’s new in the industry and what’s good about wood.

Shake Shack in Florida features Modern Farmhouse Clean Walnut and Clean Ash, installed by Bay Meadow Architectural Millwork. 

 

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Modern Farmhouse on the Lake

This modern timber frame lake home has quickly become the hub of family gatherings where multiple generations enjoy each other and lake living while putting the home’s hardwood flooring through the paces.

Photo (C) Scott Hemenway

The lake house is positioned on a point, known to Finger Lakes, NY locals as Allen’s Point. Our sister company, New Energy Works, designed and built the home which makes the most of the 180-degree sweeping lake views and indoor/outdoor living.

Sophisticated and clean our Modern Farmhouse Clean White Oak and Clean Walnut add a warm and chic twist on classically elegant species within the family lake house.

 

Matching function with cottage-living style, the common areas of the home feature  Modern Farmhouse Clean White Oak flooring with a custom UV Oil finish. The durable and familiar species in 6-8″ fresh-sawn planks flow across the open floorplan throughout the lower level, threading the living and dining rooms to the kitchen, and bordering tile in the hallway to the main entry.

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