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Two glass-clad hydraulic doors open Seattle tavern to outside dining
FAIRFAX, Minn., May 2, 2018 – Sam’s Tavern, a new Pike Street, South Lake Union bar and restaurant in Seattle, has been described as a “woodsy, whimsical bar,” a name that pays homage to the original Red Robin founding family location near the University Bridge. It’s at this location where you will find great food and a Bloody Mary touted by USA Today as one of the top seven in the U.S. Seattle Weekly hailed Sam’s as the Mount Rushmore of Seattle Bloody Marys.

Two Schweiss Doors hydraulic doors open to an outside courtyard, giving the establishment additional seating. The hydraulic doors are clad in glass and can be opened even on rainy days to keep patrons dry while enjoying the outdoor patio area.

Each custom-made Schweiss hydraulic door measures 11-feet, 8-3/4 inches wide by 9-feet tall, with electric photo eye sensors. The hydraulic pumps that run the strong Schweiss cylinders are mounted inside the building near the doors.

Sam’s Tavern Bloody Mary is topped with a cheesy slider and lived up to its name of Sam’s Bakon Bloody Masterpiece. It’s a meal in itself with celery, pickles, pickled asparagus, pepper jack cheese cubes, li’l smokies and a mini-cheeseburger on a stick. The drink features Bakon vodka, which adds a smokiness to the taste.

The menu also includes breakfast selections, a wide assortment of gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads, chili, Mexican food and more.

Owner Janes Snyder promises good burgers and energetic environs that pay tribute to the original Red Robin. Snyder is the son and nephew of the Red Robin franchise founders. He bedecked the space in wood reclaimed from an old cold storage facility.

Crawford Door LLC of Lynnwood, Wash., installed the doors at Sam’s Tavern, as well as other locations in the Seattle area. Project manager Jon Bennion of Crawford Door oversaw the installation and other aspects of the project. Crawford Door has a subsidiary company, InteriorTech, a specialty contractor that provides architectural specifications, product information and contractor services. InteriorTech had a hand in the door design.

“We worked with the design exterior package with the general contractor, Turner Construction,” Bennion says. “How the doors were going to look and line up and match the exterior, as well as the structural support. They went with our recommendation of hydraulic doors to open up an outside seating area.

“The original plan was to mount the hydraulic pump motors on the ceiling, but there wasn’t enough room, so they were mounted above the brick pillars alongside the doors inside the building. The hydraulic door with its low headroom clearance is very useful. The door has a cool industrial look to it with minimal side room support needed and has an architectural feel that at the same time can be clad anyway you want. A lot of what these doors do is give the architect the freedom to design the appearance. If you want to choose something that is structurally glazed and/or with metal cladding, perforated panels or to create something unique, these doors give the architect freedom to use the bifold or hydraulic as a canvas; it’s a frame for a canvas.”

Bennion says he would recommend Schweiss doors and commended the company’s design expertise.

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit www.bifold.com.

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SamsTavern1: Sam’s Tavern Pike Street bar in Seattle is acclaimed for its renowned USA Today-endorsed Bakon Bloody Mary and great food. The restaurant and bar opened early in 2017 as part of a newly constructed 13-story office building. The bar has two Schweiss hydraulic glass-clad doors that open to an outside patio area.

Wide-open hydraulic doors provide a protective canopy to outside diners at Sam’s Tavern. Use of the doors also gives the establishment additional seating and a nice atmosphere.

SamsTavern3: Strong Schweiss cylinders quickly and quietly open and close the hydraulic restaurant doors. When open, they also attract people walking by as an invitation to come in. The hydraulic pumps were mounted inside on the brick pillars away from the door.

SamsTavern4: The hydraulic doors have added outside seating for about 20 patrons. Each of the side-by-side hydraulic doors at Sam’s Tavern can be run independently of each other and stopped safely at any level.