An exciting new addition to Brevard, North Carolina, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie held its grand opening on October 17th. The restaurant occupies a 6,000 SF space at 44 East Main Street – a space which has been an exciting adaptive reuse project for Domokur Architects over the past several months.
After an October 10th invite-only open house event showed a promising turn-out of an estimated 400 people, the restaurant opened its doors to the public with a very successful opening weekend. With fare described as ”deep southern mountain-inspired creole cuisine,” award-winning chef Jaime Hernadnez says that the restaurant has been designed “to feel like home, like the type of place that guests come to enjoy great food with good friends, and never want to leave.”
The truth of this statement is apparent upon first entering the space. Dating back several decades, the building has served many purposes in its history, such as being a car dealership, furniture store, and office supply store. In its current incarnation, the historic feel of the building is palpable in the original hardwood floors and exposed steel beams. Additionally, many other pieces of North Carolina history have been incorporated 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 1915 carriage doors as room dividers for the restaurant’s areas that can be reserved for private dining.
The original footprint of the storefront has been inverted to create a 600 SF patio separated from the sidewalk with a short brick wall and iron fence, and is framed with glass and warm-toned wood trim and ceiling that demonstrate the welcoming, casual environment found inside. The patio features flagstone pavers and several tables, as well as a raised-seating wooden bar that faces the building’s entryway.
In addition to the renovation and opening of Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, Domokur Architects recently completed the build-out for the Brevard Farmacy, a juice bar that that shares an entryway with Jaime’s, and is currently undertaking tenant build-outs of the historic Aethelwold Hotel. Click here to read more about Jaime’s Creole Brasserie in the Transylvania Times, here to visit Jaime's website, and here to read about our other adaptive reuse projects.