Location

Beaverton, OR

SCALE

2,229 Sq Ft

Completion

2020

ARCHITECT

Orange Design Industries

AFURI Ramen + Dumpling’s Old Town Beaverton location reflects the company’s mission to “make the world better through ramen.”

The international food sensation’s menu centers around its signature bowl of Yuzu Shio Ramen, with each individual kitchen handcrafting all noodles using the same techniques employed in the “central kitchen” at the foot of Japan’s Afuri mountain.

Located in a historic midcentury doctor’s office that was cleverly reused to accommodate several local restaurants, Afuri worked closely with the City of Beaverton to secure storefront and tenant improvement grants to renovate the space.

Construction included seismic upgrades, new canopies, and complete new storefront and operable window systems. With 85 seats and a full bar, ramen devotees can enjoy signature libations alongside their meals.

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

28,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2017

Architect

Sum Design Studio

Move over Willy Wonka, Portland’s own Salt & Straw’s Manufacturing Kitchen was specifically built as an exploration and celebration of food innovations. The new $2 million building is mainly for “kitchen stuff, to make the best ice cream and create a lovely working environment for our team,” says Salt & Straw co-founder Kim Malek.

Located in Portland’s eastside Enterprise Zone (E Zone), the Salt & Straw team makes up to 100 batches of ice cream every day to be distributed to Scoop Shops nationwide. And if that’s not impressive enough, eighty percent of everything that goes into their ice cream— chocolate, coffee, jam, spirits, and other mix-ins—is made right here as well.

Because of their amazing expansion, Salt & Straw needed a much larger production, R & D and administrative HQ space. The generous commercial kitchen features an enormous freezer that holds product at negative 40 degrees, and workstations filled with buckets of fresh Oregon berries and jugs of cream.

“We are moving our exact ice cream makers over to this new facility,” Malek said. “We make our ice cream five gallons at a time and we hand pack every single pipe — in fact, if you turn it over, they sign the bottom and you can see who put each brownie and handmade caramel in.”

Public Coast Farm Greenhouse

Location

Banks, OR

SCALE

5,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2020

ARCHITECT

Skidmore Janette

Powered 100% through solar panels, the 5,000 square foot greenhouse at Public Coast Farm is chef-driven: part restaurant supplier, part kitchen test-lab.

Located on 40 acres nestled at the base of Oregon’s Coastal Range, this culinary farm is a food playground for the chefs and brewers at Cannon Beach icons the Stephanie Inn and Public Coast Brewing.

Built by O’Brien’s team, the new greenhouse features state of the art heating, ventilation and lighting systems, allowing chefs to experience with a rotating variety of typically seasonal specialty crops that they can now cultivate year round.

Location

Portland, OR

Completion

2018

ARCHITECT

Osmose Design

If you ever stop believing in magic, eat some ice cream.

Much more than a scoop of ice cream, Salt & Straw developed a unique approach using ice cream to provide people with a moment of happiness and connection to their surrounding community.

O’Brien worked with Salt & Straw on a series of remodeling projects, including the 2019 renovation of their shop on Portland’s iconic NW 23rd Avenue.  Housed in the Esquire building, the community connections are literally historic with a variety of theaters, coffee shops, and ice cream parlors – or at least they called the backdoor entrance an “ice parlor” during prohibition.

The comprehensive renovation was carefully designed and constructed for Salt & Straw’s special storefront where on any given day, they are scooping at least 36 ever-changing flavors.

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

5,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2017

ARCHITECT

Green Gables

We partnered with Breakside Brewery to complete their NW Slabtown location. Built inside a retail space with a rooftop deck for outside dining and a high-end bar, the build-out also featured Breakside’s unique ten-barrel brewing system and a full-production kitchen, all within a relatively small footprint.

O’Brien took over from another company and finished the project quickly. We were honored to contribute to the space, which is a standout among Portland’s microbreweries, and we are currently partnering again with Breakside on a couple of their upcoming new buildings.

Process

Location

Cannon Beach, OR

SCALE

14,800 Sq Ft

Completion

2023

Architect

Skidmore Janette

Regularly listed amongst the top handful of destinations in the United States, every detail of the world-class Stephanie Inn has been carefully crafted to meet the needs of the most discerning guests.

O’Brien’s team has been trusted to work on a series of projects spread over decades at this cherished coastal destination to evolve an iconic property over time, including its recent large and complex renovation to rejuvenate and elevate the guest experience to new heights. And delivering the renovation had to be compressed to meet a hard stop of guest reservations booked solid with absolutely no wiggle room for “heads on luxurious beds.”

From special events in the reimagined dining room to lazy days in the Chart Library area to the new relaxing spa environments to the layers of comfort built into the revamped guest rooms, this project is designed and built to make guests feel exceptionally special when visiting the Stephanie Inn.

The renovation of the Stephanie Inn represents a commitment to excellence and a dedication to providing guests with an unparalleled coastal retreat. By blending modern luxury with timeless charm and embracing sustainability, the revitalized Stephanie Inn will continue to enchant and inspire travelers for generations to come, solidifying its status as Cannon Beach’s premier destination.

Stephanie Inn’s previous renovation