Antique Reclaimed Wood Creates the Perfect Rustic Restaurant Decor!

Nyack, New York, is a quaint village situated on the banks of the Hudson River just north of New York City. The Town is filled with antique and craft shops and has the upstate New York mix of hipness and artsiness with a relaxed pace of life. This village is filled with gingerbread adorned Victorian homes and was the childhood home of American Painter, Edward Hopper.  No surprise Nyack is a mecca for artists and musicians.

Oliver Cullen is a restauranteur that had a vision for to create a rustic and inviting atmosphere for his new establishment which he calls “Prohibition River”. In addition to serving wonderful food and a variety of craft beers, Cullen wanted to create a vibe that was nostalgic, warm, inviting and harkened back to the “speak easy” era of prohibition.

Prohibition is an era in American history, 1920 -1933, where alcohol sale and manufacture was prohibited. He wanted an atmosphere that made people feel at home in  familiar surroundings, marrying great food and drinks with a cozy place to sit with friends. Imagine, no place to have a drink legally. That prohibition gave rise to underground, back ally establishments that catered to Americans thirst for an alcoholic libation called “speak easys”

This was a perfect fit for Real Antique Wood. We met with Oliver and together, we came with perfect touches for this rustic restaurant interior design

Some highlights from this project include:

Reclaimed Hemlock Tabletops

We designed and built more than 30 custom tables for the upstairs and downstairs dining areas using reclaimed hemlock barn siding.

Antique Heart Pine Slab Bar Top

This beautiful bar top was custom built from reclaimed heart pine that came to us from a brownstone in New York City circa 1890. The raw edge that runs along the bar’s edge adds rustic charm and detail to the bar area. A great place to enjoy a drink and food with friends.

Hemlock Skin Siding

The upstairs floor features hemlock siding, or skins, as a backdrop to the additional eating area.

Red Barn Siding

Red Barn Siding Circa 1870, reclaimed from a barn in Medina, Ohio, was used to create the rustic sign “Prohibition River” sign.

9 x 9″ Runners Antique Heart Pine

Reclaimed Timbers used as runners came from The Royce Factory, East Rutherford, circa 1900


Prohibition River
82 Main Street
Nyack, NY, 10960
p.(845) 727-7900

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