Then and now photo of The Narrows. Hands holding image of the restaurant pre-renovation in front of the finished building.

When the owners of The Narrows Restaurant approached Willow Construction to take on a major renovation and expansion project, we were honored for the opportunity to work on what has become a local landmark over the past 40 years. Originally built in 1983 by Bo and Brenda Hardesty, The Narrows offers patrons fine dining with the freshest local ingredients and picturesque views of the Kent Narrows waterway. The recent renovation and addition enhances the diner experience, offering more opportunities for gorgeous water views as well as outdoor, fireside dining.

Centerville-based Torchio Architects supplied the design for the renovation and expansion of the 2,000-square-foot restaurant. The one-year, multi-phased project was led by Project Manager Eric Milhollan, Project Engineer Linda Elben, and Project Superintendent Tom Crowley. Scheduling was challenging at times, and difficult lead times made sequencing very important. Because the business needed to remain operational during construction, the phasing of occupied renovations and the provision of ADA-compliant access to the facility remained top priorities. Since the facility sits directly on the water, subsurface water control also presented unique challenges during the installation of helical piles, grade beams, and concrete slabs.

The Willow team successfully overcame these obstacles, delivering a project that was much to the satisfaction of the restaurant’s current owners. Additions included a new front porch with roof access and a chair lift, a new indoor dining room, and a new, covered outdoor dining space with a large stone fireplace. Alterations to the existing interior space included a new, ADA-compliant restroom, a new main office space, and additional storage and locker room facilities. Additionally, the entire exterior of the building was painted, a new roof was installed, and the parking lot was reworked to accommodate the changes.

For more information, please visit The Narrows Restaurant website.

Photos courtesy of The Narrows Restaurant.

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