Bachmann Construction: Turns Savidusky Furs building into three restaurants on East Washington

Media Contact: Joan Collins Publicity, Inc. (608-222-2899) or Chris Quandt, Bachmann Construction (608-222-8869)

Bachmann Construction, Madison, noted for its restoration and reconstruction capabilities, has turned the former Savidusky Furrier, 829 East Washington, Madison, into three distinct restaurants, all sharing a large patio and commercial kitchen, but with different owners, menus and hours.

This is Bachmann’s second restoration of the building. Several years ago, when Savidusky Furs moved, Bachmann turned the building into the Lussier Teen Center. The center moved and the building was vacant for six years. Now, the first floor includes 6500 square feet of food service and 1600 square feet of office space on the second level. The three newly-opened restaurants include A-OK Coffeehouse Barolo, a wine bar serving small plates and Julep, a southern style low- country restaurant. In warm weather, the courtyard, seating 138 people, will be open from 6:30 a.m. when the coffee shop opens until 1 a.m. the next day when the wine bar closes.

Bachmann used locally sourced hickory, walnut and black locust in the interior restoration, which resulted in a new building name, Robinia Courtyard. Robinia is the name for any tree of the leguminous genus, especially the locust tree. The construction project involved some restoration of the exterior and a total renovation of the interior, plus the courtyard. The original vault, used to store furs, remains as well as a massive floor-to ceiling vault door, now a focal point at the A-OK Coffeehouse, according to Chris Quandt, Bachmann project manager.

Bachmann Construction was retained by the building owners, PAMAF LLC, led by Jon Reske, principal of Fourcap Real Estate, Madison.