Initially constructed in 1966, the mid-century modern service station had to be stripped down to its shell and completely rebuilt. The garage bays would become the dining room, while the office side would become the main entry and washrooms. The building’s signature butterfly roof overhang, formerly covering the fuel pumps, would become outdoor patio seating.
The interior’s design began with a brand “bible” document, outlining points of inspiration for materials, furniture, art — even portraits of the kind of guests King State wanted the space to attract. Strange Practice then sourced vintage art and furniture for the space, including 30 original Herman Miller shell chairs. Each piece of the space was carefully considered and, when possible, sourced from period-specific manufacturers.
The space has continued to evolve with the business. More seating, breeze blocks for the patio, and extended shelving for the bar's new liquor program have all been added.