Jersey Mike’s Takes a Shine to Polished Concrete Floors
When Jersey Mike’s Subs on Jefferson Blvd. officially opened its doors to the public on August 28, the
throng of hungry patrons may not have noticed that they were walking on the latest trend in restaurant
Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 01, 2013 – When Jersey Mike’s Subs on Jefferson Blvd. officially opened
its doors to the public on August 28, the throng of hungry patrons may not have noticed that they
were walking on the latest trend in restaurant flooring – polished and colored concrete. The
gleaming new floor is not only worthy of notice, it will also withstand all the foot traffic and food
spills expected in the months to come from the influx of sub sandwich lovers.
“Polished concrete is becoming more widely used in restaurants, warehouse facilities, retail stores,
grocers and a variety of other commercial facilities because of its durability, ease of maintenance
and design options. Using concrete as the finished floor is also much more environmentally
friendly because it makes use of an existing building material,” says Nick Dancer of Dancer
Concrete Design, a Fort Wayne contractor specializing in stained and polished concrete and
Dancer Concrete Design was hired to completely transform the existing concrete floor in time for
Jersey Mike’s grand opening. The floor was previously covered with carpeting and glued-down
vinyl tile, all of which had to be stripped away to expose the bare concrete. Given only two days to
complete the project, Dancer and his crew utilized the latest concrete polishing equipment and
techniques to accomplish the makeover.
“We have purchased additional concrete polishers and vacuums and have brought on skilled
craftsmen to handle an increase in demand for commercial concrete polishing. With the new
equipment and our skilled team, we can polish floors ranging in size from 1,000 square feet all the
way up to 100,000 square feet,” says Dancer.
Concrete polishing involves grinding the floor to a high-gloss finish using special floor polishers
equipped with diamond-impregnated abrasive disks. To tackle the Jersey Mike’s project, Dancer’s
crew used a heavy-duty 1,000-pound polishing machine, going over the floor in multiple passes to
achieve an 1,800-grit finish. “This finish offers nice depth and clarity while also meeting OSHA and
ADA standards for slip resistance,” says Dancer.
In addition to polishing the floor, the crew also applied a Sienna-colored dye to give it more
warmth and treated it with a densifier to increase the surface hardness. To protect against food
stains and make the floor easier to clean, they also applied a stain guard.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., this busy Jersey Mike’s will certainly benefit from a flooring
surface that’s trouble-free. “The floor can be cleaned with just warm water and an auto scrubber
or microfiber pad. There is no waxing, stripping or refinishing that is often necessary with other
commercial flooring,” says Dancer.
Nick Dancer is the owner of Dancer Concrete Design, a business he launched in 2007 to provide
professional custom concrete work for both homes and businesses, including concrete
countertops, stained and polished concrete flooring, and decorative epoxy overlays. He is also a
member of the American Concrete Institute, serves as an expert consultant for Concrete Décor
magazine, and has had his work profiled by ConcreteNetwork.com. For more information about
Dancer Concrete Design’s services and to see before-and-after photos of their work, visit
Dancer Concrete Design
1819 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802