Barley & Hopps

San Mateo, California

This corner of San Mateo’s Redevelopment Area was formally several different retail and service facilities. Beauty Salon, Pharmacy, small offices and others were housed in this historic building located on 3rd St.  Although this attractive brick building is not a registered, state historic landmark, it is a favorite local architectural site. Our firm worked with the City of San Mateo to preserve the beautiful brick exterior and arched windows, thereby maintaining this building’s cherished features.

The client had other restaurants in the Bay Area and wanted one that would be unique including a Brewery, Restaurant, Sports Bar and Blues Club.  The multi-operational issues were addressed so that each could operate both separately as well as unified. Beer was brewed on-site, with taps to the bars, Restaurant fare complimented the beer, and with a basement Blues Club and a mezzanine Sports Bar and access via stairs and new elevator.

We designed Barley & Hopp’s, the first restaurant for this space, in 1995. In its first incarnation, we used a wide variety of tropical hardwoods and innovative lighting fixtures to create different moods for different areas of the restaurant, from the basement blues club to the mezzanine game room that overlooks the dining room below.  Chalker’s, a popular billiards club franchise, took over and the restaurant became the Red Bird Brewing Company. Our firm finished the complete remodel in 1999. For its second incarnation, we gutted the entire mezzanine floor and replaced it with a complete 2nd floor that allows for more billiard tables.