Summer 2015
 
 

 

Projects in the works...
 
 
 
Roberts & Stevens, Attorneys at Law
Asheville, NC
New Construction

Blowing Rock, NC
New Construction

 
 
 

Pee Dee Gardens
DePaul Senior Living Community

Florence, SC
Renovation

  
The Villas at Rolling Ridge: DePaul Independent Senior Living Community

Newton Grove, NC
New Construction
 

  
Rolling Ridge 
DePaul Senior Living Community

Newton Grove, NC
Renovation

101 S. Stratford Road: Lobby
Winston-Salem, NC
Renovation
 
 

We recently completed...
 
 
Wake Forest Univ.
Benson Restrooms
Winston-Salem, NC
Renovation

 
 
 
 
Drs. Chapman & Owens, DDS
Winston-Salem, SC
Renovation


 
 
 
The Carolina Club at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center at the University of North Carolina.
Chapel Hill, NC
Renovation
 
 
​Four Points by Sheraton
Charlotte, NC
Renovation
 
 
 
Quanto Basta (QB)  
Italian Eatery and Wine Bar:
Pairing Comfort Food with Comfort Space


Most restaurant-goers agree that the hallmarks of great eateries are creative chef-run kitchens and excellent customer service. The physical appearance of the space—the lighting, the colors, the seating arrangements—often takes a back seat to the food.

A trendy new restaurant that recently opened in downtown Winston-Salem, however, gives diners the complete package: authentic ethnic cuisine, terrific service and a beautiful ambiance that people can’t stop raving about. It’s called Quanto Basta (QB) Italian Eatery and Wine Bar.

We had the pleasure of partnering with Owen Architecture to convert the nearly 5,000 square feet of a former office building into QB’s location on West Fourth Street.

Working in close collaboration with established restaurateurs Lynette and Lynn Murphy along with Head Chef Tim Grandinetti and his wife, Heidi, we explored their vision for the restaurant’s menu and service style. The result was a space that would balance industrial and rustic elements with a homey vibe, evoking the warm experience of wandering into a familiar Italian kitchen. 
 
 
 
 
Beginning with the architect’s preliminary plans, which included a layout based on unique angles, a large central stone wine tower, and surrounding bar, we developed a new twist on an old-world Italian concept. Drawing from Tuscan images, our team chose large, worn stone for the tower, aged wood for the bar and furniture, and quartz counters that reflect the classic Tuscan white Carrera marble.

The overall ambiance was to reflect Chef Grandinetti’s Italian heritage and emphasize a "family" dining experience, so we included two “community” tables, which are custom made, surrounded by fully upholstered chairs and highlighted with oversized globe pendants. These tables are designed to foster interaction between strangers dining together, providing an opportunity to feel part of a larger community.​
 
 
 
 
“I have noticed, over the years, that bars tend to be great for conversation,” says Chef Grandinetti. Supporting QB’s desire to provide communal experiences, the bar is designed with an open seating arrangement and custom (and very comfortable!) backless bar stools to better facilitate customer conversation. 
 
 
 
 

We are gratified by the reviews about Quanto Basta’s atmosphere that customers are posting on Yelp:

“The interior itself is beautiful and the perfect ambiance for a date night.”
 
“It has a modern trendy look (without overdoing it).”

“The ambiance here is laid back and comfortable, and the place is beautifully decorated with rustic chic charm.”

“I love the community table option and the feel of the place.”

“The bar seating is far more spacious than most places in downtown Winston-Salem.”

Quanto Basta has also been featured in Winston Salem Monthly, the Winston Salem Journal, UNCTV, Triad City Beat, WGHP/Fox8 TV, Yes Weekly, and More.
 
 
 
 
Photo credits for QB: J. Sinclair Photography  
 
 
 
 
Construction for QB: Davie Construction
 
 
    
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