Brother Marcus - Spitalfields

Brother Marcus – Spitalfields

TAG Catering Equipment UK Ltd

Brother Marcus is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with existing locations in Angel and Balham, London. By their own confession, it was time to “grow-up” and open their largest restaurant to-date. The chosen location was Spitalfields Market, London.

Founded by three twenty-something friends, it is said when they opened their first café in Balham on such a small budget, they made their own furniture and argued over buying another box of screws. Fast-forward to 2019 and the founders were ready to take the next step, but with no investment, it would be a budget-conscious move.

TAG were briefed to create a more mature restaurant experience for their customers and a space that would be just as at home serving their famous brunch as well as evening meals and their new sharing
plates. The brief included:

  • Create a sense of theatre with cooking in the main restaurant dining space;
  • Optimise the small back-of-house space to create a preparation kitchen;
  • Provide a space-efficient bar that would serve anything from flat-whites to cocktails;
  • Utilise existing restaurant infrastructure, wherever possible;
  • Re-use existing catering equipment where possible;
  • Provide a high calibre design within their tight budget;
  • Ideas/possibilities for further revenue streams.

Client Satisfaction

Tasos Gaitanos, co-owner at Brother Marcus commented:

“The opening of the Spitalfields restaurant was a real leap of faith for Brother Marcus. It was exciting, ambitious and daunting taking on such a large space compared to our previous locations.

“We set TAG quite an interesting brief to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience, on a modest budget, re-using equipment and the existing site layout where possible, but also keeping the ethos of Brother Marcus at its heart.

“TAG responded extremely well, we could not be happier with the design, and flexibility they showed to help us achieve the final result. Their wealth of ideas and small details such as the chef’s table in front of the pizza oven has made a real difference to the experience and didn’t impact the budget.

“We thank Tyron and the team at TAG for helping Brother Marcus come of age and realise our biggest opening to-date in Spitalfields!”.

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Freemasons "Mr Smith's"

Freemasons “Mr Smith’s”

CHR Foodservice Equipment Ltd

In 2011 , CHR worked with Chef owner Steven Smith to help create a new kitchen, ripping up the old gas kitchen and replacing with a very energy efficient sustainable solution. The project provided Steven and the team at Freemasons a kitchen that would help them deliver a consistent product, and propel Freemasons to become one of the best pubs in the UK.

In January 2019 Steven chatted to our Paul Neville about his dreams to push Freemasons on; Steven was imagining “Mr Smith’s”. An idea to turn one of the best pubs in to the UK to one of the best pubs in the world.
The new development would see Freemasons invest in its new luxury bedrooms and create one of the first pub kitchen chef tables in the UK to deliver a whole new experience in fine dining.

The brief was to design and deliver a world class kitchen environment that would allow various revenue opportunities for the business while allowing the existing business to continue to grow and develop in to one of the best pubs in the world.

  • Strip out of the existing bespoke kitchen;
  • Re-modelling of bespoke items delivered in 2011, service and re-install as part of the refit space;
  • Extension and modernisation of the ventilation system;
  • Introduction of a new “Mr Smith’s“ open kitchen table and chef’s bench;
  • New stills and dishwash area;
  • Utilisation of equipment to form a temporary kitchen space to keep the business running throughout the refurbishment

Client Satisfaction

“Firstly, I’d like to express our thanks for all the support you have given us in our recent new kitchen here at Freemasons at Wiswell, we would be absolutely delighted to support your entry into the ceda awards.

“Mr Smith’s is a forward-thinking, progressive kitchen space that has allowed us to develop a new offering (allowing us to reach out to a new demographic), and revenue stream for the business, while retaining and extending our existing offer at Freemasons itself.

“The support we have had from the team at CHR spans over a decade, and your knowledge, commitment and delivery in supporting our vision has been quite simply invaluable.

“It’s been a tremendous six months at the pub since we opened up our new space. The most heard expression when our guests arrive here at Mr Smith’s is wow. And that’s how we feel about the environment in which you helped us create. There’s simply nothing else like it in the North West, which gives us that vital point of difference and creates numerous reasons why people should visit us – whether it’s for a cooking lesson, a tasting menu or a celebratory meal in Mr Smith’s – we now have a rich and diverse offering which appeals to many.

“With that, we look forward to supporting your entry into your industry awards and extend this offer to any potential clients you have who wish to visit our fantastic new facility and see the impact it’s had on our business.”

– Steven Smith, Managing Director/Chef, Freemasons at Wiswell

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The Cottage @ Fulham FC

The Cottage @ Fulham FC

Caterware Ltd

To work with Client Design Team consisting of Project Manager, Architect, Interior Designer, etc in order to provide an Open Kitchen & Ventilation Scheme within the conversion of the Iconic ‘Craven Cottage’ into a High End Luxury Hospitality Venue, within this historic and traditional Football Stadium.

Existing large Stand at one side of the stadium was being knocked down to create the new Riverside Stand & Pier Development over a period of the next two years, and The Club needed to have another high quality hospitality venue up and running to be able to relocate existing Hospitality customers whilst this was being done.

This was a Grade II listed building where we could not make any external changes and everything had to be approved by English Heritage. The area had no existing Extract/Ventilation and a complete ‘fume free’ system would need to be designed and installed.

Client and English Heritage required full consideration of low energy consumption, air extract qualities and as green as possible installation.

Kitchen needed to be:

  • Fully viewable from Dining & Hospitality Areas and to ‘blend’ in to the Venue space;
  • Able to provide pre, cooking and wash up facilities for up to 50 covers of Fine Dining or up to 100 person Bowl Buffet;
  • Meet the visual approvals from the Interior Designer.

Client Satisfaction

No complaints from anyone. Designed, Supplied, Installed within required tight time frame and end result has achieved everything the Client wanted it to do.

Also invited us to a full food and drinks inclusive party, 3 months after completion to celebrate the success of the Venue and thank us for the work we had done. We are now talking to them about many future developments within the Stadium.

Aimee Mckenzie, Operations & Venue Director, Fulham Football Club said:

“We engaged with Caterware to discuss the potential of creating a high end, exclusive fine dining match day and events facility within the existing iconic ‘Craven Cottage’ building. This building had never been used previously as a ‘Professional Foodservice’ area, and we were well aware that this process would provide certain challenges due to the building age, space constraints and Grade II listed building status.

“Also, the fact that we were demolishing the existing Riverside Stand in order to make way for our new ‘Fulham Pier’ project, meant that it was essential that this facility was to open for the first match of the 2019/2020 season, and that was not too far away.

“From the very start, we found their enthusiasm, dedication and proven experience of similar projects, was a wonderful asset to all our internal and external partners brought in to assist our developments in this area. They became a valuable part of this project, working together with our Consultants, internal Design and Project Teams and Contractors.

“The project was duly completed on time and within budget. The finished result is everything we had hoped for. It was noticed that Caterware had fully understood the brief and professionally delivered what we were looking for with care, customer service and attention to detail at the very heart of everything they did.

“Since this facility has become operational, we have received fantastic reviews and comments from all manner of UK and International visitors and guests, from inside and outside of the football world.

“We wish them all the best in terms of their ceda Awards entry, which has our full backing.”

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