Devised by top Spanish Chef Omar Allibhoy, Tapas Revolution is a brand new concept in eating which brings traditional tapas dining to high-profile destinations.
To date, Tapas Revolution has two sites – Westfield and Bluewater – both situated conveniently in shopping centres and both are proving very popular with customers.
DG Professional was the main contractor on both sites, whilst Brighton-based design company Design LSM provided all of the design work for the restaurants.
DG Professional Interiors Company Director, Alan Masters, said:
“Tapas Revolution is a new concept in dining from Omar Allibhoy and launched in 2010 with Tapas Revolution Westfield. The first site opened to great success so the concept was then quickly replicated a year later with Tapas Revolution Bluewater.
“With both sites proving very popular Tapas Revolution is now looking at additional sites in other shopping centres to expand upon this success.”
Omar Allbhoy added:
“The idea for a ‘neighbourhood Spanish tapas restaurant and bar was born out of my dream to bring a taste of the casual, convivial style of a Spanish all day bar to London; in other words, to share the everyday, authentic eating habits of my life in Madrid.
“Our tapas, vino and cervezas are typical of those you will find in any barrio in my hometown. From the aged Jamon de bellota with a glass of Rioja, to a simple bocadillo; our fayre is meant to be shared, at any time of the day and any occasion.”
The £500,000 Tapas Revolution Westfield site opened in December 2010. The site comprises a central kiosk and seating for 48 customers. The main materials of the bar include an oak facia with a polished pewter top, and steel lighting gantries and Tapas Revolution signage situated on top of the bar.
DG Professional Interiors produced CAD drawings for the site and constructed the bar off-site at their factory based in Nottingham. The bar was then transported in sections which were reassembled in-situ, with the pewter top seamlessly joined together before signage and lighting was installed.
The kitchen area is situated behind the scenes and was fitted with full amenities including gas, water, drainage and associated mechanical works.
Alan Masters said:
“As we were working within the confines of a shopping centre all of the deliveries were made out of hours and we worked behind hoardings to shield the work from the public.
“Although the time allocation was extremely tight with design decisions being adapted and changed as the need arose, DG Professional Interiors met the challenge and the project was implemented within the designated timescales.”
Following the success of the Tapas Revolution Westfield, DG Professional Interiors was once again appointed main contractor on Tapas Revolution Bluewater.
The 48-cover Tapas Revolution Bluewater site opened in December 2011 and comprises a large kiosk with seating located around the outside. Tapas Revolution Bluewater includes a remote kitchen – where all of the food is freshly prepared – and includes a stunning display case highlighting the brand’s impressive array of hams.
Whilst the Bluewater site is very similar to the site in Westfield, Tapas Revolution Bluewater also includes booth seating which was a new idea incorporated into the site’s design.
Alan Masters said:
“We have worked with Design LSM for quite some time and due to this long running working relationship it was Design LSM who put us forward for Tapas Revolution Westfield. This allowed us to be involved from the early stages of the restaurant’s development.
“We were very pleased to be involved with Tapas Revolution as they are an exciting brand and we look forward to being a part of their future success.”
Tapas Revolution co-creator Omar Allibhoy is a 27-year old Spanish chef, trained by Ferran Adria of El Bulli. Upon arrival in the UK Omar transformed the El Pirata Detapas into one of London’s best tapas restaurants before being shortlisted in 2010 for the OFM Young Chef of the Year Awards.
Omar has appeared on Chef Gordon Ramsay’s television programme Ramsay’s Best Restaurant and is also a familiar face on Spanish TV.
MDB Plumbing (Nottm) Ltd
MDB Plumbing (Nottm) Ltd is a nationwide company specialising in commercial plumbing and heating systems and gas works. The company has a wealth of experience garnered over many years from working on projects including various outlets at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, Harrods Food Court, Costa Coffee shops, Lacoste Flagship store, KFC and we provide both responsive and contract works for various local authorities.
For Tapas Revolution, MDB Plumbing (Nottm) Ltd successfully installed the commercial gas -complete with cook safe system in the kitchen, making it fit for catering purposes including pressure testing and purging of all pipe work, hot and cold water systems and hot water cylinder.
The water systems were cleaned and chlorinated before practical completion, giving the client confidence of a healthy water system.
Nick Belshaw, MDB Plumbing (Nottm), said:
“I am extremely proud of the level of growth we have achieved over the last few years, which is due to the outstanding service we provide. This, coupled with competitive rates and our dedicated work force, ensures our reputation as an efficient and reliable company will continue to grow.
“At MDB Plumbing (Nottm) Ltd, we endeavour to provide every client, large or small, with an outstanding service at a very competitive rate.”