Witch’s Cauldron Case Study
A new chef, a new menu and a desire to spook-up a tired alfresco dining area led management from the Witch’s Cauldron Restaurant to knock on Bellfort’s door for a refresh. A time for positive change was in the air and an upgraded first impression was in order.
However, this wasn’t a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ by any stretch. Established in 1970, this time-honoured restaurant is still a regular haunt for its original customers. Naturally, it was important not to remove too much of the existing ‘witchy’ charm and frivolity they’d grown fond of.
That said, there were basic requirements to fulfill in order to create an atmospheric alfresco which acted as an extension to the existing restaurant interior. Diners needed to be raised above street level to provide a sense of safety and comfort. The adjacent footpath and entrance needed to be re-levelled and restructured. And, the construction phase had to be efficiently managed while allowing the restaurant to function as normal.
Restaurant Design Inspiration
What better way to create an outdoor restaurant dining area for the Witch’s Cauldron than to draw inspiration from ‘Witchy’ herself? Whilst construction of a raised timber deck provided a solid base, steel platform flooring was transformed into a stylish balustrade. Tired, colonial-style painted columns were given new elegance by being encased in perforated steel tubes. These perforated tubes were backlit with LED’s which emanate a welcoming glow for the hungry hoards.
A new awning with blinds was installed to provide elemental shelter and help define the enhanced dining space. However, the whimsy ‘Witchy’ character was enhanced with the installation of four broomsticks fashioned from construction reid bar. The heart of each broomstick was illuminated with red LED’s, shining mystically against a darkened sky.
The transformation of the alfresco restaurant also provided the perfect opportunity to capture all branding elements and ensured the strong continuation of the venue’s iconic tradition. The completed project was a huge success along with an equally happy client. The regulars are also embracing the update and are eager to see it continue further within.
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Design & documentation – Preparation of concepts, design development and construction drawings to meet Building Code of Australia requirements.
Approvals – Obtaining council approvals including building permit and traffic management plans for the duration of works within the public area.
Building Works – Installation of new steel frame with timber deck. Custom designed steel balustrade, illuminated perforated columns and broomsticks. Façade painting. New awning and blinds installation.
Services – New electrical services including new lighting, power and security. New plumbing services for heater installation.
Joinery – Installation of custom designed service bench and promotions display area.
Branding – Awning sign writing and new illuminated signage.
Project Size – 55 sqm
Project Cost – $2,201 sqm
Programme – 5 weeks