The Capital Grille Restaurant

Capital Grille custom woodworking project


Our Latest Project – The Capital Grille, Downtown Chicago

When it comes to fine dining you can’t do much better than The Capital Grille restaurants, and for an upscale steakhouse chain they are the best of the best. That’s why we were very proud when they contracted us to do some custom woodwork in their Lombard location. That project went so well that they asked us to do a reconfiguration of their downtown Chicago location. Being just one block from The Magnificent Mile shopping district downtown they want the atmosphere of their restaurant to project refined elegance. We were happy to provide the quality craftsmanship they required.

We helped them with a reconfiguration of their dining area. We were able to take a large room and break into two dining areas, where one could be utilized as a private dining room. This separation was accomplished with the addition of a custom made barn door that had to match the existing décor. Leave the barn door open and the area is part of the larger area, closed, this area now becomes a private dining room. The secondary purpose of the barn door was to keep the noise down in this new, private area. All work was done to match the existing wall panel mill work. We did new crown molding, base and wall panels as well as worked on the booths. 

One of the challenges of this project was that the restaurant did not want to close during the reconfiguration. We were able to accomplish this by doing the work at night. The Capital Grille was able to remain open during it’s normal business hours.

This job went so well we are now heading to Indianapolis to work on that location of The Capital Grille.



Custom kitchen



Beautiful Custom Kitchen Island with Sink and Dishwasher


Full finished custom kitchen

American Chestnut Display Cabinet

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We’re so excited about this unique wood.(to learn more check out our previous post)
We just had to build something!
So we designed and built this beautiful display cabinet.

It’s solid American Chestnut, with a seeded antique glass door, and tempered glass shelves.
The color of stain is even called Chestnut.
We just love this stuff, and we may be biased, but we think it’s a stunning cabinet.

If you love it as much as we do, it is available on our Etsy.
Or if you love the wood, but not this particular cabinet, we won’t be offended, contact us and let us know what kind of custom cabinet you’d like made of this great material.

The wood itself has some great properties, like natural oils that make it water resistant, and it’s light weight for it’s strength. Personally I’m picturing some stunning boat and plane interiors made from this.

If you have ideas of what we should make, let us know on twitter.(@handmadecabinet)