Courtesy of Bucks County Courier Times

Builder Daryl Rost, of Rost Artisan Builders in Upper Black Eddy, used shou sugi ban, a Japanese technique of burning wood to create a unique finish, throughout the restaurant. He said it’s not only attractive, it’s also resistant to all types of weather and insects. Rost also used bi-folding glass walls that open to the street, from the front of the first-floor dining room, where radiant heated flooring will offer warmth in cold weather.

While the project faced its share of challenges — including the need to protect the building’s historic nature and meet borough requirements that didn’t permit the front exterior to be structurally altered — and took more time than Frank originally envisioned, he said, sometimes waiting can produce a better design in the end.

“We were constantly stretching our minds. The more time you have to reflect on what a new project could look like can be a benefit,” said the Doylestown Borough resident and businessman.