Adaptive reuse run amok?

Hamburger Mary's launches outdoor seating with wooden pallets

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Parker's have been enjoying craft beers and burgers at the recently opened Oak Park Brewing Company and Hamburger Mary's, 155 S. Oak Park Ave., and now with the weather finally warming up, they can enjoy them al fresco.

But the new outdoor seating area is something new, at least to those of us next door at Wednesday Journal. The barrier defining the seating area is made of wooden pallets – like the kind you'd see propping up boxes in a warehouse.

We know from speaking to the folks at Hamburger Mary's of their dedication to adaptive reuse. Notice some of the tables are made from old wine barrels and such, but wooden pallets on the sidewalk?

What do you think Oak Parkers? Good for the environment or bad for aesthetics? We're interested to hear what you think.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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James West  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 9:45 PM

John Butch Murtagh, you are right, and that is the point of the story. It is to get Mary's Hamburger's, to remove it. The Carousel, sounds like a fun idea. John Lynch, should make you the creative director, if he was able to know talent, because anyone who things putting a bunch of new developments on a business card is going to bring in more, shouldn't be in development. To get a real understanding of how wonderful the new building at Forest Avenue, and Lake Street, has improved Oak Park, should take a look from Oak Park avenue, or Lathrop avenue. It just doesn't work until the Village Manager, buy's the rest of Lake street, and puts up large buildings.

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 9:02 PM

West - Remember both Anan and Haley are "pallet" neighbors. The Pallet Look does not fit their sense of social life in Oak Park Avenue. They don't like pallets, but would support permanently putting a Carousel into Scoville Park if there was money to to be had..

James West  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 6:14 PM

John Butch Murtagh, you are correct. These article is really about how the Wednesday Journal, does not like it, and thinks that if people don't like it, then it will be removed. The Wednesday Journal, should spend some time, on where all of the tax payers money is going to, and how many newly created jobs at the Village Hall.

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 5:09 PM

Hi Mo - the new village planning policy is that any business request will be immediately in-acted even if the staff has not read it. THIS NEW POLICY DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY HOMEHOWNERS!

Moe Kaye  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 5:04 PM

The bigger issue in my opinion is why they're even trying to squeeze in a sidewalk cafe at this location. Why does every dining spot feel the need to offer an al fresco experience? The sidewalk is narrow and cracked and it just does not look like an appealing place to dine. Painting the pallets would improve things a bit, but not enough to overcome the deficits of that location.

James West  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 11:31 AM

Pauline Trilik Sharpe, the nice work, repurposing, is taking something that is no longer doing what it was intended, and now someone buys it for a dollar, puts some paint on it, and sells it for 20 dollars, and everyone feels good about it, and how they have a piece of art, instead of a piece of junk, with paint on it. Those pallets have always been reused into the boards are no longer able to be used. It shouldn't be to long before the Village President, gets tired of looking at pallets from across his restaurant, and has them removed.

Pauline Trilik Sharpe  

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 9:10 AM

I also love repurposing but... This is ugly, they at least could have used clean ones, painted or stained them.

James West  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 11:53 AM

Brian Slowiak, pallets use to pay 5 dollars each. You may have seen the overflowing pick ups as you Patrolled Oak Park. If you haven''t had a visit to the Mary's Hamburger's in Andersonville, you will find that the place is nothing to rave about. This is not an artist creating art. This is just a lot less expensive way to create a partition on Oak Park avenue. The curtain covering one windows, and now the wood pallets really adds to the possibility of what are they using as an additive in their Hamburgers, and Beer. This is an exciting time for the new kids on the block. They now get to be surrounded by trash. Enjoy everyone who thought having Hamburger Mary's, was such a great things. The cross dressers get paid in tips. That saves extra money for Mary''s Hamburgers. Now the reason it took such a long time to open was it took a while to go garbage picking to get just the right look for Oak Park avenue.

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 10:56 AM

Brian, the pallets cost nothing. The artist that threw the wood in the street and called it art were paid a lot. This crap has nothing to do with Adaptive Reuse. It should be called "Junk on Oak Park Avenue."

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 8:56 AM

This is a classic example of over educated under experienced people. Pallets get resued every day in the world as PALLETS. Broken pallets get used as parts for PALLETS. Plus, you can get paid for returning PALLETS, of course you might have to come in contact with a person who wears dirty clothes for a living.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 6:54 AM

Down right ugly.

Liita Forsyth  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 5:45 AM

I'm all about repurposing but there are a lot of fine lines between cool and tacky...sorry, but this one is on the tacky side of the line.

James West  

Posted: May 19th, 2016 8:13 PM

It is inexpensive, and so is the way they made their table's. It doesn't make sense that you are now mentioning that they are using trash for customers to sit on. The rug covering the front window isn't any better. The place has the appearance of being a dump. If these catching on, the Wednesday Journal, can ask Mary's Hamburger's, to save used napkins to print their paper on.

Terry Mcgrath from Oak park  

Posted: May 19th, 2016 7:59 PM

Relax,it's fine.

Renee Geweniger Zoltowski from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2016 4:33 PM

I think it is a cool way to reuse pallets.

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