Dr BBQ goes Tiki with Burnt Ends opening in St. Petersburg
Tiki Rancher's concept and design transformed this space into a tiki hideaway in the Edge district of downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Using Tre gai solid bamboo the team cladded the exterior to give the space some feeling of place. Locals were called in for help on certain aspects of the build. Patrick Vasser aka Green tiki carved a tiki for the back bar wall and John Mulder of Eeku Budom tiki mugs painted an portrait of Dr BBQ for the entry wall. Headhunters props supplied the great fiberglass skull panels.
The concept of "Burnt ends" refers to the ends of brisket off the smoker. Taking that name and using it for inspiration for the design came through in a physical way - The back wall was framed out and loosely cladded with burnt pieces of weathered wood leaving space for the red lighting of the wall to glow through.
A bamboo and thatch awning was added to the bar itself making it a cozy canopy to hide out.
On the exterior of the building was existing wooden fencing that ran along the top and bottom of the building. A design to close the fence in and back light with LED lights made the building more visible and contrasted. The wood was burnt with a Su Sugi Ban method of charring the woods surface to create a seal.
To top of the whole project an 8ft Custom carved DR BBQ Moai was installed on the exterior of the entrance to the new bar. Mahalo guys it was fun!