Marcon Fit-Out is on cloud nine having just completed the new interior of Ireland’s highest pub.
The well-known Ponderosa Bar & Restaurant on the Glenshane Pass has undergone a complete transformation. The popular venue has been completely renovated internally and major landscaping has been carried out around the building.
Karl McErlean, owner of the Ponderosa Bar & Restaurant, said: “My aim was to breathe new life into the Ponderosa and re-establish Ireland’s highest bar and restaurant as a world class entertainment venue.
The Ponderosa’s makeover has taken staff numbers up to 45 which is a welcome boost to the local economy.
Karl says the new look bar and restaurant will be a big draw for locals and tourists alike: “The Ponderosa is a famous landmark between Northern Ireland’s two main cities of Belfast and Derry, and I believe the increasing number of tourists visiting the province will definitely stop in and enjoy some of our unique hospitality. With a brand new look to the bar, which will feature live music, a revamped restaurant and our beer garden – which must have one of the best views in the province – there is lots more appeal at the Ponderosa.
“Marcon has done a magnificent job creating and designing exactly the right interior concept for such a well-known pit-stop. I am very impressed with the quality of Marcon’s work and they have proven themselves reliable and dependable. I am a perfectionist and had a precise vision of how the Ponderosa should look and feel, and Marcon certainly delivered.”
The interior fit-out and bespoke joinery package was managed as a design and build project by Marcon Fit-Out with all of the specialist joinery manufactured in the company’s workshop in Antrim.
The handcrafted solid oak stained front and back bar is a traditional style and has a feature polished brass foot rail. A feature sliding partition wall was installed which divides the public bar from the main 60 seat restaurant, giving the venue a lot of flexibility. Solid window boards and new column casings were fitted throughout the bar and restaurant and the tongue and grove perimeter wall panelling incorporates a solid drink shelf. New washrooms consisted of laminate IPS casing and cubicles with Corian vanity units and mirrors.
Marcon also carried out work within the new convenience and hot food shop which involved the manufacture and installation of a coffee station and till points.
Martin McErlean, Contracts Manager at Marcon Fit-Out concludes, “Fitting out Ireland’s highest bar and restaurant was a unique challenge and a project that we thoroughly enjoyed being part of. The high end bespoke joinery package further demonstrates our ability to produce the highest standard of specialist joinery items. Our in-house design capabilities were utilised on the Ponderosa Bar & Restaurant which is a great project to add to our portfolio within the hospitality sector.”
Image Caption above : Martin McErlean, Contracts Manager, Marcon Fit-Out and Karl McErlean, Owner of the Ponderosa relax in the newly refurbished Ponderosa – Ireland’s highest bar and restaurant.