Chef Brendan McGill’s latest pizzeria bar ‘Bruciato’

| 10 : 30 – 18 September, 2018 |

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‘Bruciato’- pizzeria bar owned by Chef Brendan McGill is 2,100-square-foot of former hardware store renovated by Eerkes Architects.

The pizzeria bar located on Bainbridge island introduces Italian food in a eclectic decor that is rustic and rugged in its design. Eerkes Architects renovated the interior’s with raw finishes and elegant furniture. This has lent the space with warmth atmosphere, making it cozy rather than austere.

Seating along the wall

From its Naples-imported pizza oven to its salvaged church benches, this memorable space has an industrial aesthetic blended with subtle ornamentation. Using raw materials, the Bruciato Pizzeria displays reclaimed woods, Italian Carrara marble, galvanised iron, custom designed storage and lighting design.

Bar counter

From the Architects – 

Located on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, is James Beard Award-nominated Chef Brendan McGill’s latest pizzeria and bar, Bruciato. Designed by Les Eerkes of Eerkes Architects, the restaurant’s 2,100-square-foot space originally served as a hardware store.

Old photograph of the former store

Former hardware store

Renovation – 

As part of the renovation, the interiors were stripped back to their essence to showcase the beautiful exposed bow-string trusses, the bare wood ceiling, and the raw concrete floor. White-painted walls and a limited palette of materials were introduced to create a simple backdrop for an eclectic set of repurposed furnishings and objects. Together, these natural elements help to tell the story of the wood-fired pizzeria’s sophisticated farm-to-table approach, dedication to the Neapolitan standard, and the purity of traditional cuisine.

Wonderful bow-string trusses support the bare ceiling

Above the fifteen-seat bar – inlaid with Carrara marble in a chevron pattern – and along the eastern wall, hang steel light fixtures designed by Eerkes and Perhacs Studio, both island residents. Salvaged church benches serve as seating for the two-top tables, which feature old growth, salvaged fir.

Brick pizza oven

Weather permitting, a custom galvanized-steel bi-fold door opens the restaurant directly to the sidewalk, merging inside with outside. In the back corner of the restaurant, next to the brick pizza oven imported from Stefano Ferrara of Naples, is a custom-designed, blackened-steel, diamond-structured firewood rack.

Doors open directly to sidewalk


Diamond-structured firewood rack

Brick pizza oven imported from Stefano Ferrara of Naples

Sense of place at Bruciato’s pizzeria bar –

About the feel of the space, which seats 90, Eerkes notes, “The island is very community-focused. I wanted to design a comfortable place I’d be proud to take my friends. Bruciato has become the island clubhouse.” Adds McGill, who also owns Hitchcock, a restaurant located a few blocks down the street, “With Bruciato we always get comments about the space itself. Customers keep saying how much they enjoy coming in and just hanging out […].

The exterior’s of Bruciato pizzeria bar

We have people coming in here and talking about how Bruciato reminds them of their favorite city, whether that’s Rome, London or New York. Obviously, it’s not because we have Italian artwork on the walls or leather club chairs or anything like that.” It’s because we have a sense of place, and that magic comes down to the design.

Warm and cosy atmosphere


Fifteen seat bar along the Carrara marble counter

Project details –


Project name – Bruciato

Architect  – Eerkes Architects

Location – Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States of America

Project type – Commercial design, Cafe, Bar, Pizzeria

Photography Credits – © Kevin Scott

Contractor – CDBuilt

Furniture/Furnishings – 

Lighting design – Custom designed by Eerkes Architects and Perhacs Studio; Fabrication – Monkeywrench

Tables – Custom-designed by Eerkes Architects; Fabrication – NW Millwork with fir from Carl’s Lumber; Milling – Disdero

Benches – Custom-designed by Eerkes Architects; Fabrication – CDBuilt

X-box wood storage – Custom-designed by Eerkes Architects; Fabrication – Monkeywrench

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