journal record – “Midtown Man: Fitzsimmons Leaves Mark on Area’s Revitalization”
Sidecar is a popular Midtown neighborhood bar strategically inserted into 750 square feet of an off-alley corner of the historic Pontiac building. Although the bar has a front door, most of the year, the original overhead door is open, inviting patrons to belly up to the indoor bar while creating an open-air area with seating elevated from the adjacent street.
The interior boasts a juxtaposition of raw wood with the industrial aesthetic of the building. Black oxide metal finishes are used on all steel components, including the space-saving overhead wine racks accessed by a rolling ladder, and the edge-lit shelving at the bar-back.
A wooden bar top of 3 walnut butcher block, leather seating, dark wood cocktail tables and dim lighting all work together to create a cozy atmosphere within an industrial space with abundant patina on the existing surfaces.
When working within such a small space and within the parameters of various city and safety codes, every inch must be well-planned. A minimal kitchen is tucked into the space under an existing concrete stair to the second floor of the building, soon home to incoming tenants. Shelving above bar equipment provides the storage necessary for the staff to keep things running smoothly. Eyeball jet diffusers provide adequate air flow for the high ceiling space.
A digitally-manipulated vintage photograph of sidecar racers provides a focal point at the end of the bar and also acts as a shade in the large historic window.