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ADMG Completes Unique High-End Sports Bar

Sportswatch Bar and Grill designed by ADMG in affiliation with Curtis Architecture, Phoenix, AZ.   The project is a tenant improvement of a 8,100 SF retail space in San Manuel Village, Highland, CA.  The one of a kind restaurant was constructed by Near-Cal Corp. General Contractors.

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San Manuel Village, neighbor to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, is adding some iron and grit to its restaurant scene. The Sportswatch Bar & Grill is opening its doors, and turning on its giant screens Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

The 8,000 square-foot restaurant is aiming to become the premier sports watching venue, outside of the actually stadium, in the I.E. The bar and grill boasts 54 HDTVs, of which four are larger than 100 inches. The main dining room will seat 300 people, with an additional 32 at the bar, 40 on the patio, and a 32 seat private dining room.

Chef Joe Ledesma adds his own twist on the classic sport bar menu, taking the traditional American dishes, and adding high end products to them, such as his Lobster Corn Dogs. The bar will house 32 taps, with 26 micro-brews, including a local favorite from Redlands, Hangar 24.

In addition to great food, drinks, and of course, the live sports, the bar will be decorated with rare memorabilia from SoCal sports teams, like the Dodgers, Lakers, USC, UCLA, and even some items from Inland high schools.

The Sportswatch Bar & Grill will be open 7 days a week, with the kitchen open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Saturday’s grand opening will feature a t-shirt give-away and coupons for future visits. Fernando Valenzuela, legendary Dodgers pitcher, will be there to sign autographs for guests at 11:30 a.m.

The Sportswatch Bar & Grill is located at 27961 Highland Avenue in the San Manuel Village, just down the road from San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.


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Mi Cocina Restaurant Opens

ADMG Design Creates Unique Dining Experience

A little over a year from starting initial design studies, Mi Cocina Restaurant opens in San Manuel Village, Highland, CA.

Please see linked article for details.

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The Future of Retail






Sean Meehan, LEED AP, ADMG

An open letter to Retail projects:

Dear Retail,

We miss you.  We cherish the fond memories of partying with you just a few years ago.  You used to overwhelm us with acres of square footage, generous fees and an endless supply of tenants…and now, we would consider ourselves lucky to find a hot dog cart or a lemonade stand remodel.

Please send us a sign.  Were you kidnapped by an Amazon warrior?  Were you Netflix’d out of the picture?  Were you auctioned off into slavery on Ebay? Retail, we will not give up the search.  We are holding out hope for your safe return.



Okay, let’s be serious.  There is a glimmer of hope for retail, especially here in Southern California.  Marcus and Millichap recently released a promising 2011 retail report for San Diego, LA and Orange County.  While all of these locales have traditionally been at the top of this list due to the development restrictions inherent in California, even a slight projected strengthening is promising news.

And while some brick and mortar retailers like Blockbuster and Borders have fallen on hard times due to virtual competitors, others are poised to increase their market share.  The same report forecasts significant future development for drug stores and ‘extreme value’ retailers like Dollar General and Family Dollar.

ADMG boasts an extremely strong and diverse portfolio of retail projects, and we will be working hard to ensure we are in attendance at Retail’s big welcome back party.  Just as value is driving the decisions of the average consumer in a down economy, so too will it drive those of our clients.  Our service-oriented approach benefits both small-box and big-box retailers alike.


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Forecast 2011

Sean Meehan, LEED AP

Another year has passed, and many in the construction industry are still waiting for that elusive ‘recovery’ to kick in.  Statistically speaking, 2010 was disappointing in the overall sense, but there were also some highlights that may foreshadow a better outlook for 2011.  Let’s take a look at the data and forecasts that are out there for present activity, as well as for the future.

The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is an economic indicator that tracks architecture billings and new project inquiries on a month-to-month basis.  A cross-section of A/E firms is polled to gather billing data, and this data is then adjusted for historical seasonal variation using the Census Bureau X-12 software.  Currently, the November ABI shows an overall national strengthening in billings, but the West region continues to lag behind other parts of the country, and commercial/industrial construction has dipped slightly from the previous three months, which had reflected modest growth.  Read more about the current ABI here:  November Architectural Billings Index

McGraw-Hill Construction, the construction industry division of the publishing giant, issues a construction index that reflects new construction valuations.  Their November report reflects an overall decline, but with some strengthening in residential construction.  The data in this report is not encouraging, but there is typically a lag that occurs between architectural billings and construction activity and in their discussion of this month’s index, they describe an up-and-down pattern for construction at the moment.  See more details on the current construction index here:   November Construction Index

McGraw-Hill also releases an annual forecast for the construction industry, and while 2011 is predicted to reflect a slow recovery, their 2010 forecast was quite a bit off, and these kinds of far-reaching predictions should be taken with a grain of salt.  The Wall Street Journal analyzes the predictions of the 2011 Construction Forecast here:  McGraw-Hill 2011 Construction Outlook

Statistics and predictions are one thing, but at ADMG we have seen and heard of first hand growth which looks promising.  We know some architects that are doing very well with design work, and we hear that some local firms are re-hiring employees laid off earlier in the recession.  Overall activity still seems low in California (with the exception of healthcare and K-12), but there is a sense that things have bottomed out and that we may experience a slow but steady growth in the future.    We are optimistic, we are setting our goals appropriately, and we will be wishing all of our friends and associates a fantastic 2011!


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