Peter Martin’s 41 King Restaurant
The Power of Re-Invention
Abandoned and condemned, former hardware store building becomes a beacon of hope for the city's downtown
The 41 occupied the Nelco Hardware building in the heart of Kitchener's downtown, built in the late 1800's. It is a handsome building, with an elaborate brick façade, three storeys high, and gererous windows. This building had been abandoned for many years, and was structurally unsound. The interior had been cross braced to keep it from collapsing upon itself. With the help of Dr. Yulun Sze, structural engineer, we determined that with a separate bracing system the building could be salvaged, and hence, a business opportunity was born. For Peter Martin, a chef of renown, it was the opportunity to have the restaurant that would make full use of his talent. Working closely with Peter, the resulting restaurant had, on the ground floor, an open kitchen, a bar, and intimate dining areas. A separate baking kitchen occupied the basement. An open stairwell at the front of the restaurant, made possible by the newly installed sprinkler system, greeted the clientele, and offered clues of the multiple possibilities in the restaurant. On the second floor, private dining rooms were available for groups of 40, 60 and 80. The restaurant had immediate rave reviews, and attracted diners from distant places. This building, once slated for demolition, is now a designated heritage building.
Review of existing conditions, design study, code review and coordination.
“The 41 and Peter himself are downtown Kitchener icons.”
— Shannon Weber
Former Executive Director, Kitchener BIA
Commercial and Retail
372 m² (4,000 sq. ft.) renovation
Construction Completed 2002