The Crooked Cue unveils a fabulous retractable skylight, designed and installed by OpenAire
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO – September 21, 2015 – OpenAire has pocketed a game ball with the completion of a new renovation at The Crooked Cue in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. The family-owned Restaurant and Pool Hall, which has operated on Bloor Street since 1992, now features a beautiful, fully renovated billiard hall, ping pong area, and restaurant. The most striking addition is a 20’ x 48’ retractable glass skylight on the roof of the building, which retracts completely off of the opening over the adjacent roof. This creates a dynamic, bright, and spacious area that offers guests an “outdoor” dining and recreation experience at any time of year. The sleek, double-sloped 960 sq. ft. skylight was custom designed, built and installed by OpenAire.
The Crooked Cue offers a fun and upscale restaurant environment. The new retractable roof only emphasizes that this is not your average restaurant and pool hall. The indoor/outdoor space has been attracting new guests to The Crooked Cue since it opened in July. “The response has been incredible,” says Sam Pappas, owner of The Crooked Cue, “people are loving it and bringing their friends to see it. We were only closed for 6 weeks and the result was worth it. We had as many guests in the first week of July, upon opening, as we did the entire month of July last year.”
Thanks to its innovative design, the retractable roof allows customers to enjoy the pub’s large selection of craft beers and great dishes in the fresh air on sunny days, yet still experience that open, outdoor feeling on cold or rainy days thanks to its unobtrusive sleek design. The new renovations and operable skylights bring the building to life and have earned The Crooked Cue a place on TSN and the CBC’s lists of “Canada’s Top Pool Halls.”
Enthusiasm for the design has made Mark Albertine, President and CEO of OpenAire, proud. “We’re excited that OpenAire’s work with The Crooked Cue has brought this much attention,” he says, “Our retractable restaurant skylights and enclosures transform the way owners can use their floor space. Sam Pappas and The Crooked Cue team can now seat guests in an attractive ‘outdoor’ space all year round. It’s sure to be a hit with visitors and staff alike.”
The new glass skylight not only provides an amazing atmosphere but is also energy efficient. The all-aluminum frame is thermally broken and the retractable glass design reduces air conditioning and lighting costs while absorbing passive solar heat when the roof is closed in the winter. It is a winning choice for one of Canada’s premier restaurant and billiard halls and is sure to catch the neighbourhood’s attention for years to come.