Las Olas Restaurant Gets New Polished Concrete Floor
Hascall & Hall assisted Las Olas’s Matt Burke in opening the restaurant’s third location in Wells. After having experience with floating wood floors in one location and vinyl floors in the other, Matt knew he wanted to go with the low maintenance, durability and beauty of a natural polished concrete floor. To complete his rustic vision, and also have the floor work well with the multi-colored interior, he decided to go with a natural matte finish with no stain. To accomplish this goal the polishing process stopped with a #400 grit shine.
About Las Olas Restaurant
If you Google Las Olas you might find a scandal of money and betrayal on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida or you might be lucky enough to find a different Las Olas; a family-owned restaurant with three locations that offers a combined selection of both Mexican and Latin food as well as vegan and vegetarian selections. You won’t find a scandal here, but you will find out they have been voted “Best in New Hampshire” with locations in Exeter and Hampton and just recently opened a location in Wells, Maine. You will also find great owners that run quality establishments and insist on freshness and quality at every location.
The additional challenge with this floor involved the concrete substrate. The space was at the end of a strip mall and when the floor was originally poured, the construction left a very wavy floor along the edges making the hand grinding along the edges that much more difficult. This effect often is the result of the original floor not being properly troweled around the edges.
Acid stained floors are waxed as opposed to polishing requiring monthly waxing to maintain the finish. With polishing, if colors are chosen, everything is impregnated into the concrete. Hascall & Hall’s finish coat is an acrylic based top-coat, and burnishing helps create the chemical reaction so that it bonds with the concrete and removes any residual finish coating – or whatever did not penetrate the concrete.