Due to its location, the Bishopsgate eatery experiences an extreme surge during the lunchtime rush. As GrabThai promises to provide high-quality, fresh food in a convenient and flavourful package, it was essential that the public area, serving area and food preparation area were all as efficient as possible and also worked seamlessly together. Despite a small footprint, a high turnover was expected, meaning that storage was at a premium and clever solutions were required to maximise storage space while also ensuring that both raw ingredients and prepared foods were kept appropriately.
The new Bishopsgate branch of GrabThai is within the Exchange Arcade. This small shopping and dining area is owned by a certain European bank, and both the restrictions due to the location and the landlord’s exacting requirements complicated the fit-out. A design scheme was required which would allow the deliberately simple GrabThai brand to stand out within the arcade without looking out of place in the traditionally-styled building. Updates to the property were also required to meet the stringent health and safety requirements that GrabThai holds as well as government targets.