PONTIAC — TDG Architects, principal architect for the Strand Theatre redevelopment in downtown Pontiac, has been awarded the contract to design the new Slows Bar BQ, to be located next to the theater. Scheduled to open later this year, the $20 million theater renovation will be a key redevelopment piece for the city.
Slows Bar BQ owner Phil Cooley says he sees great potential in Pontiac because of the recent economic development within the downtown area. He feels that the restaurant is ready for this kind of growth and a good fit. The new Slows will have capacity between 100-150 patrons and will be the fourth in the growing chain.
The 838-seat theater will feature live musical and theatrical performances, a private screening room, and Slows Bar BQ will serve the theater and downtown Pontiac. The theater will also host small stage performances, comedians, corporate events, weddings, private parties, and more.
“The interior of the theater is very Art Deco and we will work to preserve and rehabilitate as much as possible,” says Brian Gill, AIA and president of TDG Architects. “Other spaces within the building will be a mix of styles so as not to compete with the historic aspect of the theater interior. The real challenge, however, is to provide maximum seating while preserving the historic character of the building. This includes new and updated mechanical and electrical systems, life safety systems, and accessibility for all within the building.”
Besides the Strand Theater, TDG has also worked on other notable projects, including the Lafayette Lofts in Pontiac, the BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center office addition in Auburn Hills, Talmer Bank & Trust corporate headquarters in Troy, The Big Salad – all five locations, and the Beaumont Weight Control and Fitness Center, and others.