This enticing bar and restaurant boasts uninterrupted views of the Cape Fear River, welcoming in maritime breezes and ephemeral coastal light conditions. The owners wanted the building to be rooted in its site and to feel timeless, with traditional local materials and detailing to create an inviting space for patrons. To maintain a close connection to the natural riverfront site, wide wraparound porches and garage doors opening into the restaurant space blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors. Deep overhangs provide shade, and the outdoor deck with rocking chairs and fire pit contribute to an atmosphere of Southern hospitality to encourage relaxation by the water.

LS3P also masterplanned the new 2000 unit RiverLights development which the restaurant serves, and designed multiple community buildings including a clubhouse, amenity center and two mixed-use buildings.

PROJECT NAME: Smoke on the Water at Riverlights

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC