Flatbread Social: Restaurant Tour

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

For the past year, I’ve been knee deep in some amazing interior transformations. One in particular, was renovating a commercial space into a new restaurant…

Flatbread Social.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Flatbread Social is located on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs, NY. It specializes in wood fired pizzas topped with farm fresh ingredients, served with craft beer and cocktails.

This new establishment was spear headed and created by the owners of Henry Street Taproom – another restaurant I designed – who I have worked with for years.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

The space was previously another restaurant and closed. The space was dark, drear, dated, and needed a complete overhaul.

Once a plan was in place, the town provided approval, and the old was cleared out (that sounds so much easier than the process actually was), we were able to start the steps to creating a whole new aesthetic!

Here is a peak at some views of the previous restaurant space…

And this is the result of a lot of labor + love…

The bar area stayed in the same vicinity as before, but the entire space was redesigned and overhauled.

The overall aesthetic vision for the restaurant was to create a California, laidback, 80s vibe style space.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Some of the mechanicals + electrical components were challenging to work with as they are positioned (and needed to remain) in the maining dining area. To conceal them, I created an enclosure framed with 1×8 horizontal pine boards that were given a whitewashed finish to convey a distressed beachy aesthetic.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

The whitewashed boards were continued around the face of the bar and to finish it a steel grey concrete finish granite was used for the countertop.

The mural is quite the showstopper. From the start, I envisioned this wall being the focal point of the restaurant. Aside from the two oversized pizza ovens, the custom mural is so incredibly vibrant and engaging.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com
Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Centered on the mural is a striking tiered bottle storage rack that I designed using a copper frame and distressed wood for the shelves. Above are three copper sconces that shine beautifully over the workspace.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com
Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Touches of copper were also used in other areas of the space, like the foot rail at the bar…

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Can we just chat about the flooring for a moment?

Isn’t it incredible? This was a vision I had all along and I couldn’t ask for it to be better executed. The wood floor was existing and was cut to weave in 3 different colors of randomly placed 8″ hexagon ceramic tiles.

Here is a picture during the installation when we layed out the pattern…

And here is the result…

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

It’s all in the details…

Each tables are topped with a simple turquoise painted low box that contains the silverware, napkins, and spices…

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

These pizza ovens are where it all started… When the project was first presented to me, these oversized ovens were already chosen and at the start, there was only to be one. As the creation of the space evolved, a pair of ovens were decided and are positioned on center as you walk in the space.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

The view when you enter through the front doors…

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

A fun and eye catching chalkboard wall is a focal point on the back wall. The 9 pizzas on the menu are creatively displayed and labeled with the fresh ingredients. A do-it-yourself pizza is also an option with any topping you’d like!

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Who doesn’t love shuffleboard?!? It’s addicting. Great for kids. And equally (or maybe more) fun for adults.

Again, another mechanical area that needed to be concealed got wrapped in horizontal whitewashed boards.

Not every person knows the rules of shuffleboard, so they were painted on the door. Here they are…

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com
Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

The booths, adjacent to the 2 shuffleboard tables, is a seating hot spot.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

To balance the dynamic art mural at the bar, a calmer, but equally interesting + engaging art wall was created in the seating space above the booths.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Here was the original vision board that I presented…

Flatbread Social original vision board

What do you think?!? Did I achieve the vision that I set out for?

It was so awesome to work on this renovation project to create a fun and unique space. The undertaking of this transformation – design + execution – pushed me as a Designer (which is what I strive for with every project) and I was able to create a space that so many can enjoy.

Flatbread Social is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This gourmet flatbread pizza restaurant has a laid-back California vibe with an 80s throwback filled with a colorful, engaging vibe.  Designed by Jenna Burger Design, www.JennaBurger.com

Of course, I’m all about the design and how it looks, but I will say the food is equally incredible. The aesthetic + the food will not disappoint!

Don’t wait to head to Flatbread Social.




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