From the Archives: St. Stephen’s The Five Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse!

It’s patio season! A phrase that in our world is synonymous with beer & food season. Get the best of both at St. Stephen’s The Five Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse! Located in one of St. Stephen’s oldest buildings, the former Canadian Pacific Railway Station, the Five Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse has become a go to destination for St. Stephen locals and visitors alike. 

We had the pleasure of working with Head Chef Lisa Aronson and her business partner Sean Dunbar, owner/operator of Picaroons to take this historic train-station and transform it into the restaurant and brewhouse that is there today!


The station was built back in 1929 and features terrific late 19th to early 20th-century architecture. High ceilings and heaps of natural light pour through the space which made creating a warm and inviting brewhouse and restaurant so much easier.


(all photography by Kelly Lawson)

Honouring the building’s history and strong architectural elements was key to this project. We wanted to highlight these features and complement them rather than have the design compete with them. Using design elements to accentuate the high ceilings, soft low lighting, and incorporating raw organic materials enhances the building’s character and history while also giving The Five Kings Restaurant and Picaroons Brewhouse their own voice and identity. 


Owners: Lisa Aronson & Sean Dunbar 
Electrical: Southwest Electric 
Illustration/ Branding: Lise Hansen/ Bonfire
Cabinetry/ Tables: Artizan Group
Furnishings/ Lighting: TUCK STUDIO
Interior Design & Creative Direction: TUCK INTERIORS / Judith Mackin
All Photography by Kelly Lawson 
Artwork: Geoff Slater

Featured: EQ3 Lyla Side Chairs, Nuevo Liam Pendants, Nuevo Amelia Chandeliers, Ceragres Bloc Ceramic Tiles (Tuck). Artowrk by Geoff Slater

High ceilings meant getting creative with how to create a cozy intimate space. We wanted to keep the height but bring the eye down, opting to paint the ceiling Benjamin Moore Twilight Zone was the perfect choice and created an ideal backdrop for the lighting from Tuck

To brighten things up, the brick got an overdue facelift with fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Monterey White HC-27, accented above by Azure Bloc 4″ x 16″ tiles from Céragrès. Check out the new Bloc collection from Ceragres, Mega Bloc, for similar colours.  



The bar walls got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Deep Silver 2124-30 paint, with Coral Bloc tiles from Céragrès above. Underfoot, the pièce de resistance: Céragrès St-Barth hexagon tiles, from Tuck

Featured: EQ3 Lyla Stools, Ceragres St. Barth hexagon floor tiles, Ceragres Bloc (Tuck). *The Ceragres bloc tiles are no longer available in the colours shown. Check out the new Mega Bloc collection for similar options! From Tuck

Featured: Ceragres St. Barth Hexagon tiles (Tuck). 



A photograph mounted in the centre of space balances the industrial materials and design elements throughout. Embracing the scenic rural areas in New Brunswick, the photo is a nod to the fresh, organic ingredients Lisa uses in her culinary dishes. 

The person behind the branding and illustrations for The Five Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse is the talented Lise Hansen! Lise designed this overlay with the restaurant’s branding and we had our friends at In Color Printing take care of the installation. 

Be sure to stop into The Five King’s Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse if you happen to find yourself in St. Stephen! Located at 5 King Street St. Stephen, NB


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