Vigilant | September 11, 2012
The Martingale Wharf Club occupies a stretch of Bow Street with views of tugboats and river traffic in historic downtown Portsmouth. The new waterfront restaurant opened its doors last month with two distinct indoor dining rooms and the area’s largest waterfront deck, overlooking the Piscataqua River.
Owners Mark McNabb and Joe Baroni knew they would offer an extensive wine list, but needed a space-saving alternative to a standard wine cellar. They looked to Vigilant Woodworks of Dover for wine storage options that could accommodate a collection of nearly 2,000 bottles at perfect serving temperatures, including both red and white wines.
Working with Architect Kathy Jackson of McHenry Architecture, Vigilant’s designers came up with a bank of refrigerated wine cabinets and storage bins that stretches 24 feet long and includes an arched decanting counter, LED lighting, and display racks to show off individual bottles. The result is both attractive and functional, occupying one wall of the dining area of the restaurant.
Vigilant’s woodworking craftsmen used mahogany and zebrawood in the construction of the cabinets. The doors have custom-etched glass with the Wharf logo, a pair of sails. Inside the cabinets are diamond storage bins, individual bottle cubes, and solid mahogany display shelves. The unit is cooled by a remote ducted cooling system that provides dual temperature zones for red and white wines.
With an eclectic menu featuring fresh seafood and local fare paired with perfectly stored fine wine, the Martingale Wharf Club promises a “fantastic time on the Piscataqua.” Customers will soon be able to visit by land or water. McNabb and Baroni have received city authorization to expand the dock area in front of the restaurant so they can cater to boat traffic.[caption id="attachment_1324" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="The Wharf's refrigerated wine cabinets under construction in our Dover, NH, woodworking shop"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1325" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Bank of Vigilant's wine cabinets line one wall of the restaurant's dining area, shown here during renovations."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1331" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Finished cabinets in the recently opened restaurant are both attractive and functional with expert woodworking and clever design."][/caption]