RDA pops-up with unique solution for Canary Wharf-based law firm
Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) was recently called in by Restaurant Associates – the boutique fine dining arm of Compass Group UK & Ireland – to transform and evolve the catering function of its prestigious client, a Canary Wharf-based law firm.
With a brief to create a flexible and stylish restaurant, bar, deli and kitchen upgrade to meet increased customer demand, RDA developed a unique ‘pop-up’ solution after analysing how the existing space was used by diners.
Moveable and fully interchangeable mobile counters now enable seasonal food to be showcased and offered in a variety of formats on a daily basis, enhancing the new casual dining-style restaurant.
Tim O’Hara, Food Services Director at Restaurant Associates, said: “After a competitive tender we chose RDA as they listened and understood the brief. From the very start we worked closely together to ensure all areas of the refurbishment incorporated exactly what we wanted, and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.”
Nick Bradley, Director at RDA, said: “As Restaurant Associates is constantly evolving its menus on a daily basis, our team appreciated that fixed counters would just not work in this unique space. Therefore, the solution offers complete flexibility.
“The creation of a deli counter on the same level, allows time conscious customers to obtain fresh, made-to-order lunch on the go, whilst still maintaining the existing panoramic views of Canary Wharf.”
Inside the kitchen, RDA’s expert team consulted with the chefs and kitchen personnel during the design process to ensure delivery of outstanding dishes and first-class service. More space was provided for preparation, with new environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art cooking equipment installed.
Part of the brief was to create a new space that had the ability to function as a sophisticated bar for staff entertainment in the evening but also had the flexibility to function as a ‘pop-up’ food service facility allowing Restaurant Associates to deliver modern street food concepts to the bar clientele, or a more substantial food offer as required. It was also envisaged that the space would be a relaxing lounge area during the day.
The bar was positioned to maximise the stunning views from the double height windows, and ensured high-end innovative features for variable day parts. The seamless transition from day to night functionality was achieved through bespoke, copper mood lighting and a diverse collection of seating options, from chic bar stools to comfortable sofas, suitable for both internal meetings and a more relaxed environment in the evening.
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