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Burger bliss at BRGR

 BRGR- Soho

The good and great of Soho are now finally able to taste the meaty magic of the burgers served at the long awaited BRGR restaurant.

The burger bar, which opened its doors earlier this month, has a menu made up from only the finest of ingredients.

Founded in Beirut in 2010, the restaurant had the aim of becoming ‘the number one trusted source for gourmet burgers globally’. Opening the first restaurant outside of Lebanon in London and with a plan to expand further in the UK, the owners certainly show an ambition to achieve that aim.

Studio 48 were selected for the design work on BRGR’s London venue and with the successful conversion of a Grade II listed Soho building into a vibrant restaurant, it is clear that they were the right designers to help BRGR make an impact on the global stage. The main contractors on the work at the BRGR restaurant were Monza.

Speaking about the work carried out for BRGR, Studio 48 Creative Director Gabriel Murray said:

“It’s a take on the traditional old school burger bar, serving artisan retro burgers that are gourmet quality. The beef is specifically sourced for its burger making qualities combined with great relishes makes this a very high end burger bar.

“The overall design is understated meaning that the food really becomes the focus. The centrepiece to the restaurant is the burger bar, which is both a kitchen and bar. This means that you’ve got the theatre of live cooking, so you can see the sizzling burgers and fries whilst ordering a drink.

BRGR- Soho

“The biggest challenge was with the listed status of the building, but we managed to use the existing facilities and achieve the results we wanted. We’ve had very positive feedback so far since the restaurant opened, it’s in the right location and has a design suited to the Soho marketplace.”

Talking about Studio 48 itself, Gabriel added:

“We strongly believe sustainability is very important in today’s age and we make sure the materials we use on every project have sustainable qualities.

“We were selected by BRGR because of our international experience. We have designed restaurants in Asia, the US and recently the UAE. We have a good understanding of differing customers’ needs and client demands applying our free range creative thinking to bring brands alive. Much of our recent work has been with new ventures and as a result a lot of our work is seen as pioneering.”

 Hallmark Kitchens ltd

One of the UK’s most successful suppliers of commercial kitchens, in 2013 Hallmark will celebrate having been in the catering industry for 30 years.

The company offers their clients a wealth of experience – having previously worked with food service consultants, fit-out specialists, building contractors, contract caterers, corporate institutions, schools and academies, architects, hospital trusts, multinational hotel chains, restaurant groups and cost consultants.

Most recently Hallmark worked with TGP Consulting to provide the catering facilities at the newly opened BRGR restaurant in Soho.

When asked about their involvement in the project, Hallmark Managing Director, Kevin Jennings said:

“We worked closely with TGP to design and develop the brief that the client had implemented elsewhere to provide a facility that would work in the UK, with particular emphasis on selecting EU certified equipment.

“Including the back area prep kitchen and wash-up, we also developed the customer on view cook line and ventilation canopy over it.”

When asked what the company prides itself on, Kevin said:

“I think as a business, we try to give our clients what they want and meet their aspirations. We listen to what they say very carefully and we design to suite their budgets, deliver the project on time and with as little hassle for them as possible.”

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