When Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler turned a failing live-work space in downtown Raleigh into a Mediterranean restaurant, Ajja was born. The owners of this restaurant hired Plan North Partners to manage the building's comprehensive rehab, including demolition, design, and construction.
  • Location Raleigh, NC
  • Completion 2022
  • Type 2nd Gen Remodel
  • Size 2,000 SF
  • Architect Maurer Architecture
  • Contractor Northgate

Project Overview

Ajja came into being when a failing live-work space was repurposed into a Mediterranean restaurant by project owners Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler. Plan North Partners was hired to manage the comprehensive rehab of the building, including demolition, design, and construction. The redesign, including a permanent omission of two exterior walls, enabled amazing views from the patio that were previously obstructed. Construction occurred throughout the entirety of 2021 as the project faced exceptionally long lead times for kitchen equipment and electrical components due to pandemic induced shortages. However, PNP worked closely with the construction team throughout the process to place orders early and coordinate down-schedule activities with the availability of goods.