Zinc Bar & Countertop for Lucy B Goode Coastal Cafe
The use of zinc as a countertop material has recently become a design trend. Like copper, Zinc is a reactive material that will show patina and change with age. Think of it as a “living” metal, which ages to a dull pewter-like color that separates zinc from other options like stainless steel. Zinc countertops have been a classic in bars and seafood restaurants, Shannon Musmanno, on behalf of Lucy “Lulu” Buffett, came to us with a great project, a bar and countertop for her new Lucy B. Goode Coastal Cafe in Gulf Shores, AL.
- Zinc is naturally non-porous, so you can clean it with just soap and water.
- It has anti-bacterial properties similar to copper, making it a great surface for prepping food.
- The metal is easy to work with, so we were able to easily include decorative edges; the integrated zinc sink makes cleanup a breeze.
A few other considerations:
- Zinc is soft, so it scratches easily if you cut directly on it. Be sure to have cutting boards handy.
- It can warp if someone sets down a pot hotter than about 300 degrees (set down a red-hot iron pot and the zinc could melt). Be sure to tell guests not to set hot items on your zinc countertop! Keep trivets nearby.
- Price: A zinc countertop costs $150 to $200 per sq. ft., depending on the thickness of the metal (you’ll want 15-gauge material that’s at least .060 thick). Stainless steel is less expensive.