The Narrows Restaurant in Grasonville, Maryland

Addition, Renovation
Finished view of the The Narrows deck with water views and fireplace

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.

Progress Shots

Finished Project

Client Testimonial

“The Narrows Restaurant contracted with Willow Construction in 2021 for renovation work and an addition which included an outdoor covered porch and a small banquet room. We are a well-established (in business 40 years) restaurant on Maryland’s eastern shore. It was very important to us a business to have a contractor we could trust and rely on to minimize disruption of our business. Because of their reputation, we knew from the start that we wanted Willow. They were honest and accurate about the timeline and clear and upfront about costs. Andy Cheezum and his team were a pleasure to work with. There were challenges along the way as we attempted to add on to an old building with many hidden surprises, but I could always count on everyone that I worked with, especially Project Manager Eric Milhollan, Project Engineer Linda Elben and Job Superintendent Tom Crowley to answer any questions and keep me informed as the work progressed.

If we ever decide to do any other construction related work here, there is no question Willow would be my first call.”

Kelly Phipps
Owner, The Narrows Restaurant