building of distinction
It’s a beautiful, sunny summer afternoon on the back deck of Smoke on the Water, the new restaurant in the RiverLights develop-ment
on the banks of the Cape Fear. The bright, azure sky is reflected in the river, making the typically tannic water look almost
“This is the only restaurant with a river view between downtown and the beach,” says Laura Miller, project manager and prin-cipal
for LS3P, the architectural firm that designed the building for Newland Communities, the company developing RiverLights.
“Nothing else has a Cape Fear view like this. There are a lot of people who don’t have the opportunity to interact with the river. Just
to sit and enjoy the river, there’s not a lot of opportunity for that in Wilmington.”
Behind the restaurant there’s a meandering, shaded boardwalk lined with live oaks leading to a 220-foot pier and 400-square-foot
gazebo out on the water.
The restaurant at RiverLights was designed to take advantage of the development’s sunset views of the Cape Fear River. A wrap-around
deck and outdoor seating, along with a pier that leads to a gazebo on the water, allow patrons to see the sunset over the water.