After SE Division’s overwhelming support of Duane Sorenson’s Stumptown cafe, he opened The Woodsman Tavern to create a gathering place for good food and good drink that felt like it had always been there. The Woodsman Tavern was a 2012 Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant nominee and launched the revitalization of SE Division Street. This led Sorenson to open Ava Gene’s (November 2012) and Roman Candle Baking Company (July 2013) a few blocks away.
Versatile was contracted by Orange-PDX to create a storefront system for The Woodsman Tavern, and again to supply custom entry doors for Roman Candle and Ava Gene’s.
What were the goals of these projects?
For The Woodsman Tavern, we were to replace the dated aluminum storefront with replicated traditional wood divided lite transoms over picture windows with insulated glass, along with custom entry doors.
The stain grade doors for Roman Candle and Ava Gene’s needed to fit the aesthetic and vibe of the restaurants while being able to withstand harsh weather exposure.
What challenges did Versatile face during these projects?
The biggest challenge for all three projects was weather exposure as they all face south.
What were the Uniquely Versatile Solutions?
Hand selecting the materials played a major role in the success of these projects. Versatile’s highly experienced carpenter, Jeff Vasey, hand selected the wood to ensure each piece had a tight grain pattern to help extend the life of each item. From an aesthetic side, it was also important to find pieces of wood that matched and had complimentary grain patterns.
Versatile always tries to anticipate possible challenges before they turn into problems, and by selecting such an experienced team we were able to avoid major issues. This team included Versatile shop carpenters and installers from Orange-PDX construction.