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Precision refrigerated drawers were specified by CES for Festa sul Prato.

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.”

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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!”

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