Luigi Bros Delicatessen
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Short St Deli Luigi Bros
Coffee lovers appreciate a great coffee but it’s the atmosphere and easy parking that keeps them coming back to Luigi Bros. Delicatessen of Port Macquarie.
Luigi Bros. was designed by Architect Simone Lake of Lake Studio in Port. Macquarie and built by Ezra Atkins of ETA Constructions.
Both Lake Studio and ETA share synergies with sustainable building practices and these common principals attracted them to work on this project together.
'Ezra brings a lot of knowledge, ideas and experience to a project'
This chic store front is located just off the main town centre in Port Macquarie and Simone has designed a space with a beautiful balance between the clean fresh stainless steel and glass required for refrigeration and display of deli fresh goods and the warm and inviting spaces front of house, where customers can relax with a sumptuous light meal or coffee.
Whenever commercial food preparation is involved, cleanliness is everything. First and foremost, the space had to be completely functional and make it easy to meet and exceed modern sanitisation best practices for food preparation areas. Behind the counters, acres of brushed stainless steel workspaces glow softly against the glossy black tiles of the splash back that reaches from floor to ceiling on one side of the store.
The hard surfaces are softened by a curvaceous plywood bulkhead that wraps and segments the kitchen area from the rest of the cafe. An exposed brick feature wall provides a richly coloured warm backdrop for open faced timber display cabinets showcasing dry store goods like coffee, jams and pasta. Because the workspace wraps the full length of the back wall and returns along the side wall to the street, you can actually see behind the counter. Its gleaming cleanliness provides customers with such confidence. This dialogue around the cleanliness of the store imbues Trip Advisor and Facebook reviews alike.
While the end result appears refreshingly simple (walls, floor, cabinets and bench-tops), a lot of what makes the end result so successful is the preparation before hand which did reveal some challenges to the original design.
Ezra explains. ‘The original idea was to have polished concrete floors however once the old floor coverings were removed, it revealed major cracking and movement in the slab so it was decided that the floor be created using oversized slate look tiles’.
To prevent cracks from transferring from the slab to the new tiles or the waterproofing membrane, the entire floor required a screed bed of concrete reenforced with steel mesh. Hobs were then created, followed by water proofing in all the work areas and then tiling to achieve a flawless surface that makes clean up a breeze.
New brickwork was installed behind the tiled splash back which required rendering before the tiles could be fixed to its surface and then the entire wall required grouting in epoxy to meet code on food safe areas.
A little over twelve months after the fit out was completed, everything still looks fresh, clean and new. Luigi Bros new owners Nicole and Scott love the fit-out. It’s amazing - ‘it’s a beautiful shop’. With a five star rating on both Facebook and TripAdvisor, it seems everyone agrees!
Photographs by Jackson Rafferty
It’s amazing - ‘It’s a beautiful shop’.
If you are looking for a builder to help you craft your perfect home from an existing property, call Ezra and Louise Atkins from ETA constructions today for a chat about the possibilities.