I have been excited about writing this story for a while. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of eating at Auburn’s newest eatery – YET, I have heard all about it.
Designed by Architect Sean Foote, SR&F Architects ACRE is truly a family business and is a treat for eyes and wells as stomachs.
Chef David Bancroft and his family own the restaurant. Chef David’s cousin Emi K. Price (who just happens to be one of our awesome graduates at Auburn’s School of Interior Design) did a fantastic job with the interior design.
Inside, Acre’s sophisticated charm and re-purposed architectural details provide a wonderful setting for Bancroft’s stylishly modern menu.
I love that the space is adorned with family memories. Emi and I both love using architectural salvage to add value and character to a space.
Its’ oak plank walls were taken from trees on Bancroft’s grandfather’s farm.
The custom basket chandelier in the front dining room was made from an old family fishing basket.
Emi’s goal was to evoke a relaxing home-like atmosphere without jeopardizing the durability of the furniture.
The vaulted ceilings showcase beams from the hundred year old Crawford General Store donated by Bancroft’s fishing buddies, the Leto’s.
Acre’s booths and banquettes were custom designed by Price to allow flexible seating. Her goal to make each seat feel special was achieved by creating distinct areas that flow together seamlessly. The entire dining room can be rearranged in order to meet the needs of the day whether it is a meeting, a dance or regular dining.
Chef David Bancroft wanted to make the most of every square inch of his acre of land. Acre is surrounded by edible landscapes designed to provide fresh seasonal harvest. Fruit trees are surrounded by berries and fresh herbs. An on-site vegetable garden reaps heirloom and newly introduced varieties of produce. Two genetic clones of Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Oaks were produced by Chef Bancroft’s brother, Bill Bancroft, and donated to Acre’s landscape.
The massive farm table was a gift to the chef from the Randle family, owners of Randle Family Farms, who provide fresh vegetables and meats for the kitchens at Acre.
On a personal note, Anne Randall is my niece.
Visit them today in downtown Auburn. Acre is located at 210 East Glenn Ave. Auburn, AL 36830 • (334) 246-3763
Check them out and tell them that you heard about them here!
A big thank you to Megan Smalley for the wonderful photographs.
To see more of Emi’s work go to www.emikprice.com
In its’ back hallway, a wall of family photos share memories from generations.