Peppers Mexican Café offers incredible Latin American food, with an emphasis on fresh, local seafood. The provide a casual, comfortable environment with a southwest decor that is perfect for families and children.
When owner Lisa Weiman called us, the space had a number of inherent noise issues which made it uncomfortable for many of their older patrons which make up a large part of the Pacific Grove community. We installed a custom panel strategy which worked with her decor to help create an even better environment at one of the top Mexican restaurants in the Monterey area.
Peppers Mexican Café
170 Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Blue Line Pizza is an expansion and renaming of the famous Little Star Pizza in San Francisco. The name “Blue Line” is a subtle nod back to the founding city (Chicago) of their main dishes–the deep dish pizza. They have been serving award winning deep dish pizza, made with their own signature cornmeal crust, since 2004 and we were very excited to work with them.
Their current sound panels were the DIY home remedy panels which did not provide the right effect they were after. Owner Angela Pace reached out to us to come in and install our top-of-the-line product on top of those and they were a great success.
“Congrats on getting some press in the SJ Merc! Feel free to use us as a reference – we’d be happy to attest to the quality of your work. Have a great weekend and again, congrats!”
Blue Line Pizza
415 East Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Downtown Morgan Hill, CA is a small town with local charm just south of urban San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area. And, while Noah’s Bar and Bistro offers dishes made from local, organic ingredients, it also offers a larger cosmopolitan atmosphere. Offering a little bit of everything from Italian pastas gourmet burger’s and fries, Noah’s has successfully brought a whole world of food to small town California.
Noah’s contact us to have us install several acoustic panels throughout the restaurant to help alleviate their inherent noise issues. We did the initial job and it was an immediate success. They loved the panels so much that they requested we come back and install more!
Below are a few photos of our work, but if you happen to be near Morgan Hill, be sure to go check out our panels in person while eating some amazing local food.
Noah’s Bar and Bistro
17500 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Gracias Madre contacted us and requested that we treat the entire ceiling. We used an acoustical stretch fabric system which provides a nice, aesthetic flat finish that is unnoticeable in pictures yet offers high performance acoustics.
Gracias Madre is a vegan Mexican restaurant that provides locally farmed organic food in San Francisco. Their commitment to local, organic vegan food is an expression of their bigger love and respect for the earth, their community and all of humanity.
2211 Mission Street
San Francisco 94110
Let’s not forget the wonderful finds on Telegraph in Oakland. We had the pleasure of gorging on Amy’s Montreal wood-fired bagels at Beautys Bagel Shop . As the theme and decor of the shop went hand in hand with their savory bagels, the owner expressed her concerns with how the brick walls were detrimental to the noise level in the small space.
For Team WCD, this was no challenge. As this was a quick project, we installed a minimal amount of acoustical panels which were strategically spaced on the ceiling, avoiding sprinklers, lights and other obstructions.
As another pleased costumer, Amy sent us this quick testimonial within days of installation!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your bagel.
Here is a quote for the blog: “Acoustics are a huge factor in ambiance and
the comfort level of customers. The acoustic panels from WCD made such a
remarkable difference in our cafe. They’re worth every penny!”
In the vicinity of Oakland? Stop by at Beautys Bagel Shop, a local favorite!
3838 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
You may remember our installation at another Troya location on Fillmore.
The owner invited us back again for our expertise at the Clement location. Troya is known for its twist on Mediterranean eats using organic, sustainable and locally farmed products.
At this site, Troya often provides live music entertainment for its customers. To create a harmonic balance that would harbor great sound for music while keeping hubbub at a healthy decibel for patrons, our team came in and installed acoustic panels on both the walls and ceilings.
349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
There’s a small, modest restaurant in the Castro where the owner believes in great food, great service and great, longstanding relationships with local farms in Northern California. With meticulously planned menus that feature fresh, seasonal ingredients, this gem has been awarded a one-star Michelin rating since its opening. Talented Chef Melissa Perello of critically acclaimed Frances takes pride in crafting a neighborly atmosphere where fine dining can also exist within a casual environment. And to take that exceptional dining experience even further, Perello sought our professional services to remedy some acoustic concerns. She wanted an environment conducive to conversation while preserving the intimacy of the restaurant; With just a little touch, we were able to achieve everything desired and more. Following our advice, Chef Melissa Perello gladly proceeded with selecting a few fabric wrapped panels in addition to just a couple of other sound absorptive agents. Within a few hours, our team completed the installation and immediately, Perello expressed with great satisfaction, “Just a few panels made such a noticeable difference!”
Our approach to resolving the pre-existing din and hubbub of Frances is not a unique case. As with many older establishments in San Francisco, many noise drawbacks result from poorly planned architecture as acoustics were seldom addressed. Maintaining an environment ideal to a client while aesthetically eliminating unhealthy noise decibals is oftentimes resolved by custom fabric wrapped panels. These installations can quickly be executed with finesse and in turn, offer the least business-disruptive and most cost/time-efficient solution. If you’re hankering for a charming meal at a place with a down-to-earth personality, let Melissa Perello know your friends at WCD sent you!
3870 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
In our previous mention of two exquisite jewels in downtown Berkeley, I spoke of Cafe Clem as we focused on its sister restaurant, La Note. Today, we revisit Cafe Clem where noise was a blatantly negative factor for older patrons.
Situated near UC Berkeley and a local high school, Cafe Clem is a beehive for young students, especially at lunchtime. Need I say more about the buzzing you can imagine in this cozy little spot?
As I arrived at the site, I heard an older couple comment to one another on their experience dining at the cafe. As I eavesdropped, the woman exclaimed, “What great food they have— Nice place…noisy but nice”. As I stepped foot into establishment, I could immediately tell that what challenged this small space was the concrete floors and ceilings.
WCD solved the problem with a 2″ inch thick black PolySorpt panel product; And what is unique about this product, might you ask? It’s not fabric. It actually a non-fibrous sound absorbing panel that can be used in a wide variety of indoors or outdoors environments to reduce ambient noise levels and excessive reverberation. In addition, it is easy to clean and is successfully applied in kitchens as they can be hosed down for cleaning. They effectively absorb sound, are lightweight and simply a cinch to install. They can be glued directly to any ceiling surface or installed onto ceiling grid systems. These acoustical tiles are offered in a standard flat surface pattern or a more decorative designer style depending on your taste and ultimately gives you aesthetic options for your sound treatment.
As you can see above, elegantly direct solutions can save you the time, money, headaches and most importantly, customers. Now the number of buzzing youngsters hasn’t changed, but if you had been to Cafe Clem before its transformation, you’ll hear, or not hear, a world of difference.
If you’ve ever wandered about the iconic city of Berkeley, there are two jewels nestled in the heart of this diverse community. What Café Clem and La Note bring to downtown Berkeley is homely French cooking that feels near and dear to anybody who has tried anything on their menus. Café Clem draws you in if you’re on the prowl for tea, coffee and sandwiches, while La Note fulfills that hankering for an impeccable brunch experience. Although each gem, truly a treasure, they too, were not exempt from the cacophony of poor sound acoustics. Owner Dorothée and I collaborated to bring her two restaurants to further perfection—and that was to rid customers of hindered conversations.
We worked quickly and the day after installations, I received this zealous email from Dorothée:
From: la note [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:13 PM
To: Connie Norlander – WCD
Subject: Re: La Note & Cafe Clem panels
Omg!!! This is fantastic! I felt like we had no customers all day and we were full! Really great work and such a nice crew you have that installed them too!
At the Café Clem it is really helpful too!
Below is the results from La Note she was so pleased about! Next post, we’ll cover more in detail about its sister cafe!
Today, we’re revisiting one of my previous clients, Lynn Gorfinkle, whom I had the pleasure of working with previously at the Artesan Roam Burgers location on Union street in San Francisco. This location was so successful, and might I interject, their phenomenal gourmet burgers are to die for, that Lynn opened up a second one on Fillmore street. Upon the first week or so of opening, she knew exactly what demon she was up against; And that was the sound issue once again. Absolutely delighted with the installation I did there, Lynn did not hesitate to book me for another round of installations. Again, we quickly defeated the din and the hubbub and the results were immediate.