Peterborough-based distributor Catering Equipment Solutions (CES) has completed an unusual project to transform a formerly derelict toilet block in Deptford, South London into Festa sul Prato, an Italian café and restaurant.
The kitchen is tiny: prep, cooking, cleaning and storage are fitted into just 15m2 – and there had to be room for two chefs and a KP to work effectively.
When it came to the refrigeration, space-saving was essential, so owner Martin Hoenle and CES chose Precision’s slimline counters and individually refrigerated drawers. CES MD Anna McNamara commented: “The Precision equipment helped us optimise the space.”
The counters are only 520mm deep, so they give the brigade room to work. “The space is extremely tight,” said McNamara. “We sited the slimline counters back-to-back, creating a central island that gives the brigade a good sized prep area.”
Despite being so small, the kitchen provides a full restaurant service. Hoenle detailed: “We cook in a combi-steamer and on induction hobs and keep the menu simple – interesting pasta dishes, grilled meats and so on. There’s a big emphasis on fresh ingredients, so quality refrigeration is essential. We saw the Precision products at a trade show and knew they were right for us. They are fully commercial units but are real space-savers.
“A big selling point with the individual drawers is that they can be switched from fridge to freezer mode at the touch of a button. Plus, they are stacked on top of each other. They give us the sort of flexibility we need in a kitchen this size.”
McNamara added: “Precision’s range of products gives us options in kitchen design. With Festa sul Prato it was a matter of getting the most flexible solution in the smallest possible space, and they delivered. Reliability and customer support are excellent, too. In a site with such limited storage space, the last thing you want is a breakdown!”