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“Selling Happy” in Uptown Park

image Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, Uptown Park

HOUSTON - When the California-based premium fast casual sandwich and salad restaurant, Mendocino Farm, reached out to Wyatt Management, Tim and Jeannette Wyatt (who is a California native), were thrilled. Specializing in ground-up, remodel, and tenant finish construction, Wyatt Management has a long history working with discerning, design-forward clients (including Chipotle, Grub Burger Bar, and Shake Shack, to name a few). This resume of experience, along with Wyatt’s personal approach to service, was a key factor in Mendocino Farms’ decision to contract with the company.

    Mendocino Farms Director of Construction Chris Konecny worked closely with Wyatt Management Project Manager Paul Celis and Superintendent David Ramirez over a period of 12 weeks on the construction of the “Mendo” (as loyal fans affectionately call it) in Uptown Park.
 Designed by celebrated architect
Michael Hsu, this chic new restaurant uses details like ombre-painted cedar shingles and white shiplap to evoke the coastal cottages of northern California, the region where Mendocino Farms draws the inspiration for its name and its food philosophy. The intricate storefront is built out of thermally broken steel frames and includes over 450 individual panes of glass, giving a light and airy feel to the space. The décor includes various woods and rustic finishes including more than 18 50-ft faux beams constructed on-site, white picket-fence accent features, and copper goose-neck light fixtures.
      While each restaurant location has its own personal style, the Mendocino Farms brand is immediately recognizable. In Uptown Park, its life-size blue cow mascot can be found on the patio (and throughout the store in various smaller forms). 
       Founded by husband-and-wife team Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, Mendocino Farms’ dynamic seasonal menu incorporates locally-sourced produce and breads and often features  dishes created in partnership with local chefs for charitable causes.
    The brand’s motto, “WE SELL HAPPY!” refers to their mission-driven approach to food and hospitality and rang particularly true for the Wyatt construction team. “Working with Mendo was a gratifying experience. Their construction team communicated well and exhibited an extremely thorough approach and attention to detail throughout the project,” says Celis.  “There was a lot of design and construction collaboration between our two teams.”
    The Uptown Park location marks Mendocino Farms’ 29th restaurant (and second in Houston), with another scheduled to open at 609 Main Street in Downtown Houston before the end of December, also in construction with Wyatt Management. The first Mendo in Texas opened in Rice Village in July of this year. The company has plans to build more stores in Houston, as well as iconic locations in Dallas and Austin.
    Wyatt Management is a general contractor with offices in Dallas and The Woodlands. -cmw

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Carol Wiatrek meditor@constructionnews.net