PHILADELPHIA—Designed by DAS Architects, The Club Café situated in the new beachfront convention center complex on Jekyll Island, GA recently opened.
“The beauty and challenge of designing the The Club Café was striking the perfect balance between echoes of the original Club’s Victorian-era grandeur and the forward-looking vibe of Jekyll Island’s economic and cultural renaissance,” said Susan Davidson, co-founder of DAS Architects. Davidson noted that DAS already had insight into the Club’s brand and character thanks to their role in reviving the resort.
Tangible pieces of the Club’s storied past, including archival photographs and heartwood pine reclaimed for a custom millwork wall, made their way to the new 1,000-sq.-ft. café and outdoor dining area. DAS blended paneled wainscoting, a decorative tin ceiling, furnishings with traditional details, and other Victorian elements with contemporary lighting and the clean whites, celadon blue and coral tones of a modern southern aesthetic.
The Club Café will offer Starbucks coffee and other beverages, sandwiches, salads, pastries, and desserts similar to the Hotel’s Café Solterra. Visitors can order at the dark wood paneled front counter, add their cream and sugar at the custom wood cabinet and hutch self-service area, or enjoy quick grab-and-go service at a custom-designed marble drink rail in the center of the space. Indoor seating options include bistro style marble tables and chairs, as well as a Victorian inspired settee. Outside guests can enjoy the café’s rocking chairs and comfortable woven tables and chairs.
“While the new café will be right at home in the midst of Jekyll Island’s contemporary development and today’s fast-paced world, its ambiance will bring a taste of the luxurious resort and evoke the spirit of a bygone era for the Convention Center’s passing visitors,” said Davidson. “Creating a guest experience like that is DAS’s specialty.”