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2 Ovens is a fast-casual spin off of the Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant where food is cooked fresh and served sizzling hot out of the ovens. Bertucci’s hired a branding company for the new restaurant concept. Upland utilized the branding package to work out an overall design concept. Working closely with May Food’s kitchen design group, Upland produced a fresh, new 1500 sf restaurant consisting of a full-service kitchen where the radial bar and seating surround the central focal point, the dual Marra Forni Italian made brick ovens.


The restaurant is a loud and lively atmosphere with an open ceiling concept and suspended mechanical and light fixtures. All the food offerings from the menu are cooked in the two ovens. Oven 1 has a rotating deck, cooks at over 850 degrees and is strictly for pizza. Oven 2 cooks at 650 degrees and is for the smaller specialty items.


2 Ovens was anxious to get the new concept open. In an effort to streamline the restaurant opening, the 2 ovens project was design build type construction. To do so, Upland finalized construction drawings as the restaurant was under construction. As field related items were encountered, Upland would generate resolutions simultaneously to aid the projects aggressive timeline to project completion.

Construction Encounters


1. Interior Brick load bearing wall uncovered.

During demolition, the main center wall was determined to be load bearing. This wall was originally intended to be removed. Rather than remove the wall entirely, Upland decided to create an opening in it for traffic flow and a portion of the main bar. The intent was to utilize the historical significance of the Brick and embrace it, tying it into the overall aesthetic of the project.


2. Exterior Signage backer was determined to be an unfit substrate for the proposed signage concept.

Upland collaborated with National sign to rectify a substrate and signage solution.


3. Existing Interior concrete slab variation.

The two spaces that were demolished and combined for the 2 Ovens space had an undesirable floor finish variation. The restaurant was designed, and the egress circulation was already determined. Adding a step was not an option due to the accessibility code. Upland worked out a slab grading plan with the contractor to comply with code and maintain the overall integrity of the plan.

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