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Luke's American Grille

Project at a Glance

Industry: Restaurants
Services: General Contracting, Construction Management
Size: 1360 SF
Owner: TreLar, Inc.
Architect: Zavos Architecture + Design

Winner of the 2013 Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors – Baltimore Metro Chapter


This project was very unique.  Not only did Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group convert an existing hair salon into a new restaurant, but the existing building was located within the historic district of downtown Gettysburg with residential tenants in the apartments above the new spaces.  The existing space was not ADA compliant and in need of alterations.  In addition to the exterior work needed, Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group faced multiple challenges modifying the existing structure to accommodate the new kitchen layout and requirements, including two different hood systems for the normal restaurant and the new donut making process.  The kitchen design and flow was very challenging due to the small amount of kitchen space located within the 1,360 square foot interior space. 


Exterior site improvements, including the addition of an ADA ramp and loading dock, were made.  The kitchen area required innovative and adaptive design to incorporate both the food and donut making processes into one small kitchen area.  As the Construction Manager, Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts Group led this project through preconstruction to post-construction and worked hand-in-hand with the owner and the architect to deliver an efficient kitchen layout the owner desired.


The 1950’s themed restaurant - complete with black and white vinyl tiled floors, 50’s formica-topped tables, vinyl covered stainless steel chairs and, of course, 1950’s music - is able to prepare their food as a result of the efficient kitchen designed for very tight quarters.  Easy access to the restaurant for both customers and deliveries is also now possible due to the renovations. 

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