Creating Space and Improving Flow
Tombo means ‘dragonfly’ in Japanese and it’s the name of an independent chain of three family-run cafes across London that serve high-quality, healthy Japanese food and teas.
The Japanese are famous for their beautiful aesthetics, so we were delighted to be chosen again to complete a project for Tombo, who serve poke, sushi, and noodle dishes as well as lots of Japanese matcha tea inspired drinks and desserts. They have even been the venue for Hello Kitty pop-up events, where the famous Japanese feline hosted her very own afternoon teas and dinner parties!
Back to the Beginning
The venue in South Kensington was the first Tombo and we did the fit-out for the original café back in 2009, as well as the sister locations in Soho and Fitzrovia that opened in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In lockdown we were back in South Kensington again to do a redesign and refresh of the space, which has a loyal set of customers and consistently earns rave reviews.
Our clients wanted to increase customer space and improve flow. Working within the existing footprint we moved some preparation elements to the back of the house and managed to reduce the counter size from around 70% of the front area to just 40%, creating a new Corian worktop, and maximising air and manoeuvrability.
Quick Turnaround – Despite Lockdown!
Despite additional health and safety requirements imposed by COVID restrictions, including fewer operatives on site at any one time and maintenance of a 2m distance between them, we stripped the unit, ripping out and relacing all plumbing and wiring, and completed the new design, with new flooring, new countertops and fresh decoration throughout, in just 10 days. Because we have worked for the clients before, and were their first choice for the refurb, we had the advantage of being familiar with the property, but it was still a big ask of our joinery team: However, we’re happy to say that they lived up to the challenge, as they always do!
Put Us to the Test
If things are picking up for you and you’re looking for a café, deli, shop or restaurant refit or fit-out then we’re the team you want on your side. Master craftsmen and outstanding project managers combine to make an effective, hardworking team you can count on. Just give us a call on 01206 793053. We can even help with financing! Make our team your team.