Rusty’s Pizza Restaurant

Allen Construction’s Commercial Division is honored to have been the general contractor for the Rusty’s Pizza flagship restaurant in Goleta. This 4,761 sq. ft. restaurant boasts a distinctive art deco design with an arched steel store front, custom bas relief facial profiles, ornate plaster pilaster capitals on exterior walls, patina copper detailing both inside and out, and custom-made LED metal and glass light fixtures. The pièce de résistance is a 35 foot high art deco tower, featuring copper sun and moon details on each face.

The inspiration for this building’s design comes from Roger Duncan, founder of Rusty’s Pizza. Roger fondly recalls the golden age of Art Deco design when business owners were willing to invest in their community by constructing architecturally stunning banks, retail stores, train stations, and restaurant buildings.

The owner chose a high efficiency, ultra-low profile, steel framed window that met his quality and aesthetic standards.  The challenge created was that this window – with “the slimmest profile in the world” – came from the Netherlands and required a 4 ½ month lead time.  To reduce shipping costs from the Netherlands, it was decided to use locally sourced glass and have the window units glazed on-site.

Installation of the large commercial kitchen, complete with a double pizza oven, two walk-in refrigerators, and multiple food prep stations, took a great deal of coordination and flexibility. In fact, the walls were left open until all the equipment arrived and was installed. Finding suppliers and fabricators for interior details was another challenge.  The trim work and metal grills were all custom fabricated and required intricate drawings and approvals.

The new restaurant building has seating for 190 customers, a 950 sq. ft. banquet room, plus both dining and gaming areas. The spacious interior features a 21 ft. high barrel ceiling along with terra cotta entry floor tiles, custom made cabinetry, and mahogany detailing on columns and booths. The building’s beauty and the quality of craftsmanship are tributes to the owner and his commitment to making the space his enduring legacy after serving the Santa Barbara community for more than 45 years.

Architect: AB Design Studio

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