2011 AIA Award Submission
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W2A Design Group designed this unique cafe as a themed eatery for visitors of the America on Wheels “over-the-road transportation” museum, with a theme reminiscent of a 1950’s soda shop serving hot dogs, ice cream cones, milkshakes and soda floats. The Café experience was made truly authentic with a fully restored 1953 soda fountain from Lyons, Indiana.
This room will accommodate 80-100 people with round tables for buffets with sit-down seating. Associated with the cafe is a flexible multi-purpose space which is used as an education center for school field trips and clinics, meetings, as well as a presentation / banquet area available to the community for galas, corporate events and parties for all ages. The soda fountain provides a staging area for caterers, and the entire building is fully handicapped accessible.
Historically significant in a revitalized industrial area, these buildings were originally part of Allentown’s meat-packing district. The renovation highlights numerous authentic and upcycled materials, several of which were either refurbished or repurposed, including 40+ classic car hubcaps featured on the HubCap Café ceiling.