Like any pub in the Dallas, Texas area, The Nodding Donkey (which operates two locations in Uptown and Greenville) is all-too-familiar with the region’s summer sun. Even though the Uptown location has garage doors on two outside walls that management can easily raise to turn the sports bar into an open air establishment, the interior space can always use some additional air flow.
“As long as the outside air temperature is roughly between 65 and 100 degrees, we open the garage doors to connect the interior space with our wraparound porch, a feature that our customers inside and out really enjoy throughout the year,” said Mike Weatherall, General Manager, The Nodding Donkey. “However, on calm days when there’s little wind, the open garage doors are sometimes not enough to get the air moving inside the restaurant and bar areas.”
To make this happen, The Nodding Donkey decided to install an 8-foot diameter EPIC Apex HVLS commercial fan centrally located over its Uptown location’s bar area. The fan features a powder-coated gloss black finish that coordinates well with The Nodding Donkey’s décor and silver corrugated industrial ceiling. According to Dan Linder, Sales Manager, Epic Fans, the corrugated ceiling presented a unique installation challenge, but one that he and his team easily met for The Nodding Donkey.
“By replacing three fans, The Nodding Donkey has not only made an improvement in the look of our Uptown location, but we expect to save on energy costs too as a result.”
Since The Nodding Donkey installed its new HVLS fan, Weatherall commented that the sports bar’s craft beer-seeking patrons have actually noticed the establishment’s addition to its ceiling and the powerful air flow it generates.
Weatherall emphasized that his bar and wait staff also enjoy the powerful airflow that the Apex fan generates. “When we have a large crowd, it’s convenient being able to remotely adjust the fan to circulate just the right amount of air that keeps everyone comfortable, especially when the garage doors are open and the humidity level is high.”