Status: Completed December 2013
Conversion of a former two floor O’Neill’s Irish pub into a new Mexican restaurant including new kitchen, cooking, dining and staff spaces. MailenDesign was instrumental in not only developing the design alongside i-am associates and the Chilango team but also managed the delivery on site and before and after site operations took place.
The interior treatment brings a cool, indie feeling to the restaurant whilst being well finished and sophisticated in a location popular with City workers. Interior walls are finished with burnt timber overlaid with Graffiti, sawn oak panelling and exposed masonry. Raw industrial steel and mesh compliment the palette combining with the soft feel of the oak to create a harmonious mix of rough and smooth.
All services were exposed including a series of existing ornate iron columns that had been concealed by the previous tenant for several years. The extra double height of the ground floor revealed by the strip out of the previous unit is inhabited with galvanised metal services and antique industrial pendant lighting.
Numerous innovations were designed in the kitchen and servery area allowing the Chilango team to increase their efficiency serving more customers per hour than any of their previous restaurants.