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The Burger Garage, Long Island City, N.Y.



When owners Jim and Adam Pileski purchased an old Chinese/Italian restaurant, they knew they wanted to transform it into a high-quality burgers and fries establishment. They wanted to transform the look of the space from a traditional ambiance to that of a vintage garage, giving the space a whole new personality while keeping in-sync with its location in a semi-industrial area.

Working with the owners, architect John Artuso completely gutted the space and created an interior design based around a retro garage look, including the use of old service station signs, gas pumps, hanging lamps, old tires and classic 50s seating.

As part of the new design, he also replaced the existing traditional acoustical ceiling with a 0.010-inch thick MetalWorks Tin ceiling from Armstrong Ceilings in a lacquered steel finish.

"The introduction of the pressed tin look in the ceiling was a perfect complement to the industrial look the owners wanted," Artuso states. "Plus, the look and feel of metal was in line with everything else in the space."

The 2- by 2-foot metal ceiling panels are installed in a 15/16-inch grid in a coordinating color. The combination of the panel's reveal edge and the grid's color diminishes the overall visibility of the suspension system.

To enhance acoustics in the space, the metal panels are extra microperforated. The perforations are only 7 mm in diameter, which makes them virtually invisible, but when backed with an acoustical fleece, the panels achieve a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.85, meaning they absorb 85 percent of the sound that strikes them.

Owner: Jim and Adam Pileski, Long Island City

Architect: Cybul & Cybul Architects, Edgewater, N.J.

Metal ceiling system: Armstrong Ceiling Systems, Lancaster, Pa.,