Quaker Steak & Lube
Restaurant and Museum
Established within the realm of White’s Travel Center in Raphine, VA, this new Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant and Museum offers a new dining experience for visitors as they take a break from their travels on Interstate 81. In total, this design-build restaurant/museum is 14, 374 square feet and displays a vast collection of interior features connected to motorcycles, cars, and garage-themed components.
Size: 14,374 s.f.
Cost: $4.8 million
Client: Robert “Bobby” J Berstresser
Location: Raphine, VA
Completion: July 2020
Project Type: Hospitality
Contractor: Nielsen Builders
Throughout the facility, guests will have the option of sitting at tables, booths, or a fully serviced bar. Additional features include a fireplace, gift shop, and even a museum wing.
Quaker Steak and Lube is a restaurant chain that does not cheat their design or décore appeal. Walls have ample photos and other memorabilia to compliment the ultimate fast-paced theme. In fact, a full-size car is displayed within the dining room at the bar, too.
Needless to say, the design of this restaurant/museum is extremely vibrant. On the exterior, a mix of brick, aluminum, EIFS, and neon lights wrap the steel joist and column structure. The roof has a membrane covering installed upon a very gradual slope to direct water and debris from collecting on top.
Aluminum storefronts will be clearly visible as well as many multi-pane windows. The outside of the museum was designed to resemble the iconic ’57 Chevy tailfins. A steel substructure for shape and specific finishes were picked to resemble the chrome. Inside, the museum features many of the Owner’s collective antique vehicles, toys, and other memorabilia.
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