The Boiler Monkey Bistro, now under construction in downtown Albuquerque, is WDG Architects’ first project in that city.
“Although we have executed projects all over the state of New Mexico and in Texas and Virginia, this is our first in Albuquerque,” said WDG Principal Architect, David Clarke.
The new downtown eatery at 6th and Central follows an evolution that first started as a renovated bus. In 2012, Matt Fuemmeler and his brother Joseph, now a WDG project architect, designed the Boiler Monkey bus.
About two years ago, Matt opened a location on Mountain NW and operated the Boiler Monkey Bistro there.
In an April 2016 Albuquerque Journal article, bistro owner Matt Fuemmeler said, “I’m drawn toward the Downtown area. I feel like there are a lot of things that will be changing there in the next year or so.”
With an increase in breweries and taprooms, he said, “I feel like there’s a little synergy between coffee and breweries.”
The new downtown Quickel Building location is another collaboration between the Fuemmeler brothers. Joseph Fuemmeler, an Albuquerque native, joined WDG Architects in January 2016. Joseph’s role as Project Architect is to oversee the project development and technical documentation, coordinate consultants, and actively manage the projects’ schedule. Most recently, he has also been coordinating WDG Architects’ design of the The Amador Project near downtown Las Cruces, NM.