When we set out on the path to opening DKB, our main goal was to open the kind of place where we would want to hang out. Somewhere inviting and comfortable, where you can get a great meal, a tasty beverage, and relax with friends. The kind of spot where you can feel at home in business attire or jeans and a t-shirt.
We got the keys in May 2010, and decided to start by stripping away all the layers that had accumulated over the years, in the hopes of exposing the original character and beauty of the building. We were pleasantly surprised to find much of the original brick under several inches of plaster. Also during the demolition, we found that the space held a wonderful secret within its walls, the large painting of a horse and carriage above the banquettes had been flipped over and used as wallboard during one of the previous renovations. It was damaged inadvertently before we realized what it was, and we have yet to learn much about its history, but we love what it adds to the room. The unique doors leading into the side room were discovered in a dark, forgotten corner of the basement, as was the large decoupage table.
When considering what elements we wanted to bring into the space, we felt strongly that we wanted to utilize as much reused or “upcycled” material as possible. The wood siding on many of the walls came from a recently demolished North Canton Barn that had been built in 1860. Many of our tables were constructed from materials salvaged during the demolition and our mismatched chairs were acquired from closed down schools and restaurants. Overall, we feel that we managed to achieve our vision and are thrilled with the outcome.