Gallery: Fort Reno is a Southern-Style Barbeque Joint Built From the Bo...

Fort Reno was built by Chef and co-owner Jacques Gautier from the most sustainable building materials around: pieces of other buildings that were being torn down. Perhaps more impressive than his repurposed wood-slat ceiling and found-glass mirrored wall is the fact that Gautier didn't spend a cent on gasoline to get all the materials to his new location on Union and 4th Avenue. They were all hand-carried and personally installed.

Gautier owns Fort Reno Provisions with business partner Anthony Laudato. Lia Forman holds down the fort in the kitchen as Pitmaster — she was Gautier’s sous-chef at Palo Santo before moving across the street. “The aesthetic really is about reuse but it is also about saving money, we were on a tight budget,” said Gautier who learned the craft of building with reused materials during the construction of Palo Santo, his decidedly delicious and beautiful latin food restaurant across the street.

One entire wall of the restaurant is covered with a mirrored mosaic made from broken pieces of glass found trashed behind a glass cutting warehouse in Brooklyn. Gautier said he and his team of builders — which consists of himself and his sous-chef, Trinidad Perez, from Palo Santo — kept returning to the warehouse until they had enough salvaged glass to cover the wall. They of course, carried all the pieces back to Fort Reno on foot.

The ceiling is wrapped in wall slats commonly found under the plastic walls of older buildings. The slats were reclaimed from a demolition site across the street from Fort Reno. “Places like to talk about recycled wood and this and that from a farm in Pennsylvania. They have to truck it here and that uses gas,” Gautier said, mentioning that he didn’t have to pay much for his reclaimed materials because the building sites were just going to throw them away. “Using recycled anything that is supposed to be sustainable should also help your bottom line. You shouldn’t pay more for it.”

Though Gautier knows that barbeque probably isn’t the most sustainable of culinary choices, the team at Fort Reno does it as sustainably as possible serving grass-fed, hormone free food from local suppliers. When telling us about why they chose barbeque he noted, “people love it. If they are going to eat it anyway at least do it sustainably.”

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1 Comment

  1. Hugo Azeredo Lobo March 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Love the space! A space where time and cultures are always present through good designs. A concept with much glamor and also shared by BRABBU’s. A brand that i work with.