400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers and Fries

Located at the Carmel Plaza, just off Carmel’s Ocean Ave, the 80-seat restaurant and its adjoining business office were constructed within the former spaces of the Wells Fargo Bank and Architect John Thodos, an icon of American Modernist architecture.

The Challenge
The construction of this restaurant posed logistical complexities, compounded by a looming deadline for the Chamber of Commerce grand opening just months away. Situated on the ground floor of a three-story commercial building with existing tenants above, the project entailed the complete interior demolition of both spaces, including the sturdy bank vault. Additionally, installing a new, full-service restaurant kitchen on the ground floor presented intricate challenges, reaching up to the roof, three floors above.

The Solution
To enhance speed and efficiency, McNamee Construction employed two crews for nighttime demolition when nearby businesses were closed, this strategy greatly contributed to the completion of the 400 Degrees restaurant and adjacent business offices on time and within budget. Notable features include a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, a striking modern woven stainless-steel accent wall, red and white tile accents, beautiful tile floors, and 15-foot two-story tall windows and ceilings, creating an open and contemporary aesthetic. Casual table service is available in the comfortable dining room or outdoors on the dog-friendly, heated patio.

The Results
The conversion of these areas into the 400 Degrees restaurant and adjacent offices demonstrates meticulous planning and skilled execution. Despite logistical challenges and time constraints, McNamee Construction delivered exceptional results, earning rave reviews. With its inviting ambiance and modern design, 400 Degrees provides patrons with indoor comfort and an inviting outdoor patio, enhancing Carmel Plaza’s allure as a dining destination.

Architect: Jeffrey Fink and Associates AIA

Photography: Kip Evans