Popei's Clam Bar and Seafood Restaurant - A Case Study
When the owner of Popei's in Sayville came into our showroom to discuss the expansion of the restaurant into the neighboring space he had just taken over, he had four specific concerns:
1. Downtime - When working in restaurant and retail situations it is imperative to develop systems that can be installed with minimum downtime in order to maximize the selling space and uptime of the business.
2. Cost - Unfortunately, when taking over new commercial space the floor is not always in the best of shape. Demolition and preparation costs can ultimately drive the price tag of an otherwise affordable flooring solution out of budget. We were charged with taking an old pizza parlor floor of clay tiles that was wavy, contaminated with grease, cracked in many places and making it look like a million bucks, without costing a million bucks.
3. Updated look, yet Warm and Comfortable Feeling Space - It is easy to overlook the impact that a well designed floor can have on a space. Concrete is often thought to be a cold material, but by employing the use of stains and other decorative techniques a warm yet updated feel can easily be achieved, while leaving the space easily cleanable and maintainable.
4. Cleanability - He wanted a floor that could be quickly cleaned during dining spills, and also would be easy to clean for the daily maintenance routine.
The space was divided into three sections to be finished independent of each other. This gave us the ability to leave a dining area and bar area open at all times, and the system which we designed allowed us to complete each section during the week so that the total space would be available on the busy weekends.
The floor consisted of Quarry tile which had years of grease and grime buildup soaked into it and in the grout joints, as well as loose and damaged tiles. Some areas had heavy glue from carpeting which we also had to remove. The same preparation technique's were employed in all areas. A combination of degreasing, shot-blasting, scarifying, and scraping was used to ensure that we would have a clean, porous, bondable surface upon which to work. After the floor was cleaned, the loose tiles were removed and patched with a fast setting repair mortar. Then a combination of skim coating and self-leveling was used to balance cost, speed, and ultimate flatness of the floor.
As we were not removing the tile floor, we needed to be sure that the micro-topping product which we chose for this installation would be able to stand up to imperfect substrate. We also needed something that could provide a level of anti-slip as well as accept stain and create a beautiful finished product. All this without breaking the bank, and staying on schedule. Typical microtopping products can take up to 3 days to install, but by using PermaCrete and their special acceleration formula we were able to perform this portion of the installation in ONLY 1 DAY!
Stained & Sealed - The Final Product
After applying the new PermaCrete surface to the floor, it was time to stain and seal the surface. Water based stains and PermaCrete's water based Permathane were used in this application. The use of water based products allowed us to virtually eliminate all VOC's as well as all odor. This meant that the restaurant could remain open even while we were performing our work. By working during normal business hours we were able to keep the cost down and meet all of the customer's needs.