Across the vestibule, an oversized neon sign created by Tremont artist Jeffry Chiplis, is encapsulated by wire mesh to emulate the suburban chain-link fence. The glowing red text invites Mabel’s visitors to “Eat More Meat,” a Symon catchphrase.
Communal picnic tables fill the dining space much like a backyard gathering. Folding chairs inspired by the Industrial Era were produced by Hardwood Solutions in Wilmot, Ohio. Styled to represent an overscaled version of a retro green Coleman cooler, the bar serves up a wide variety of craft beer, whiskey, and moonshine. In addition, matchstick artwork appears in a few key locations to represent the place where all BBQ begins. The innovative, industrially reinterpreted lighting scheme takes its cue from the famous arched ceiling of the West Side Market and strategically frames a photo of Symon and his family from yesteryear celebrating the Cleveland-style barbecue that inspired the entire concept.
Ultimately, our team created a rich, welcoming dining space filled with bold contrasts in materials—from wood surfaces to glass panels and metal framing—to provide a Cleveland-flavored, neighborhood backyard BBQ.
Photography: Mark Steele Photography www.marksteelephotography.com
The team at Richardson just gets us. They have partnered with us over eight years and we’ve been nothing but elated by the work they’ve done for us.
Chef Michael Symon, Iron Chef
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