City Work’s Eatery and Pour House is a crowd-pleasing juggernaut, earning recognition for their spacious dining atmospheres and well-integrated outdoor patios for their guests to relish over their extensive craft beer list all-year-round. Bottleneck Management oversees the operation of 17+ vibrant, high energy restaurant locations, City Work’s being one of five brands owned by the restaurant group. Established in 2016, City Works has expanded to nine locations across the Midwest with no plans of slowing progression. Rapid expansion has cultivated a strong appetite to create impressive customer experiences – starting with thoughtful interior and exterior design concepts to enclose the main dining area from the adjoining patio space. Owners of Bottleneck Management, Jason Akemann, Nathan Hilding, and Chris Bisaillon, have turned tables in the restaurant industry looking to Libart’s engineered designs and turn-key service to be the catalyst for City Work’s atmospheric prosperity.
The Background Story
On August 19, 2019, Bottleneck Management opened its second City Works location for the state of Illinois at 365 W. Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090. The City Works of Wheeling location occupies 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating in Wheeling Town Center’s mixed-use pedestrian plaza. Wheeling Town Center is a $110 million transit-oriented joint-venture between WTC, LLC and the Lynmark Group. Chris Bisaillon, CEO of Bottleneck Management expressed his anticipation in a recent article provided by The Lynmark Group, “Bottleneck Management is very excited to join Wheeling Town Center and be a part of this dynamic development. When we first walked the site, it was very apparent that Lynmark and Wheeling were creating something exciting. By linking the Metra Station, City Hall, Wheeling Park District, including the water park, fitness center, and ball fields, the Town Center will serve as both a destination and epicenter of this entire complex. We applaud the vision created by both Lynmark and the Village of Wheeling.” The town center’s plan features a five-story apartment building housing 300 luxury rental units, 100,000 square feet of commercial space equipped with a 675-space parking deck, and a Cinemax movie theater! “We think that City Works is an ideal co-anchor with CMX,” said James Schutter from Newmark, Grubb, Knight, Frank, the Town Center’s exclusive commercial broker. “City Works will help define the Wheeling Town Center as the prime new development in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for entertainment and truly unique lifestyle experience.”
Tristan Dacre, a founding partner at Dacre & Youngquist LLC and Principal Architect for City Works of Wheeling, brought on the challenge to find intelligent systems that incorporated aesthetically appealing design solutions, making sure not to impede on valuable floor space. Traditional retractable glass systems have folding panels that restrict square footage when operating at the open position, costing the restaurant space and money. Having installed Libart’s architectural systems for previous projects, Dacre looked to Libart once more for design solutions.
Libart’s solution was four GUG-D4 Retractable Glass Doors that vertically retract upward and consolidate panels to free up commercial space without sacrificing panoramic views or impeding on the restaurant’s square footage. Libart’s PanoraView retractable systems provide better ventilation, unobstructed views, and protection from the elements. Each PanoraView operating system is available with integrated and automated screens and shades to continue the outdoor experience for your interior guests.