Parkside Kitchen | Design Signs Vermont

Kitchen Table Bistro / Parkside Kitchen / January 13, 2015

Twelve years ago Steve and Lara Atkins came to our Williston sign shop, telling me about their dream to open a restaurant. In the small town of Richmond, Vermont they were taking over a beautiful old brick house which had operated as the Chequered House Restaurant since the early 1980s. They were operating on a shoestring; in fact they were living in a tiny apartment above the kitchen to save money. So we re-used the wood posts left from the Chequered House’s sign.

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But they also knew the value of a sophisticated multi-dimensional sign. Their restaurant, Kitchen Table Bistro, was to provide a fine dining experience. To communicate that they asked us to create a high-end carved sign with 23 karat gold leaf in the letters. I suggested we make the knife and fork in their logo as complete three-dimensional sculpted pieces, just like the real thing but 4 feet long!

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Now, after terrific success with many awards on the wall, they saw another opportunity in Richmond. When the beloved On The Rise Bakery closed, Steve and Lara decided to open a bakery and casual dining cafe in that space. And we are delighted that they asked us to make a sign for this new venture. Reflecting the lower prices at their new Parkside Kitchen, the sign we created has their logo in a simpler format. But we also wanted to give it some Vermont flavor, so we built a “post and beam” structure from which to hang the sign.