BuckleyGrayYeoman battled the challenge of designing the restaurant in a Grade II listed Victorian building in conjunction with the 1920s warehouse at its rear. The warehouse allowed for the restaurant to have a double height area in the back with an exposed timber and steel roof. Details in the Victorian portion of the remodel were restored through collaboration with conservation officers. Throughout the remodel the design team inserted an eclectic palette of materials and colors that kept with the brand of Nando’s Restaurant.
The restoration and renovation of the existing building also gave the design team at BuckleyGrayYeoman the creative freedom to think outside of the box and install a 40-foot shipping container in the new restaurant space. This shipping container houses the kitchen at the heart of the restaurant, and speaks to the traditional roots of the Nando’s Restaurant brand. Nando’s Restaurant was born in South Africa and the shipping container is commonly used throughout the country to house restaurants and shops.
The interior details really make the restaurant. A mural depicting the rooster from which the restaurant gets its name stands over 15-feet high and greets diners as they enter the back room. High above the diner’s heads is also a colorful pendant light sculpture. These items can be seen from a mezzanine catwalk overlooking the dining room. A staircase made of reclaimed timbers connects the Victorian building to the catwalk, which is made from reclaimed galvanized steel. The restaurant also is home to Fritz Hansen furniture.