5 Casual Diners with Awesome Shop Designs!

Australia has become obsessed with food and many people are looking for the latest and greatest dining experience. We are looking for more than just a meal; we want the atmosphere, a holistic experience. So if you are looking for places with ambiance, here is a list of five casual diners with excellent design.

Max Brenners

Max Brenner
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Popular chocolate shop and restaurant, Max Brenners’ offers a holistic chocolate experience. Although there are many different franchises around Australia, they all share a similar internal decor. The overall atmosphere is one of warmth. It uses a dark pallet of materials, mostly dark wood, to create a cosy feeling, which compliments the warm beverages offered. The stores have a sense of quirkiness about them, and some stores have big chocolate melting vats that supply chocolate through pipes to the bar. The chocolate shop displays all its products in a well-designed fashion.


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Grill’d is another franchised food outlet which you can be sure will have both atmosphere and great burgers. Grill’d outlets have an urban feel to them, through their use of a wide-ranging material pallet. The design often incorporates concrete, bare brick, exposed timber and steel. Grill’d also uses ceramic tiles and feature red elements. The use of red is becomes and iconic signature for the outlets, providing a sense of unity between the stores. The décor is often retro and quirky, however, it still has a distinctly urban vibe.

Third Wave Kiosk

Photo credits:  thirdwavekiosk.com.au

Designed by Tony Hobba Architects, this kiosk is an iconic structure in Torquay on the Great Ocean Road. The building is positioned adjacent to pedestrian walkways right on Torquay Beach. In response to the coastal context and environmental condition, the entire structure is made of recycled sheet piles that are usually used for seawall construction. The exterior is rusted and the shape created by the sheet piles is wave-like. The kiosk has a beautiful view of the sea, which everyone that visits it can enjoy.

11 inch pizzeria

Photo credits:  pizzameobournecbd.com.au

In the heart of Melbourne’s dockland has recently been transformed into a modern residential and commercial precinct. In response to this, the new contemporary setting of 11 inch Pizzeria has created. The venue sports a clean, cutting-edge design that is centred around the 11” branding logo. The surfaces of the interior are dominated by plywood, which contribute to the diner’s stripped-back design. The ceiling is exposed and there is minimal indoor lighting, to maximise the surrounding natural light. The design’s freshness parallels the freshness of the food offered there.


Photo credits:  vapiano.com.au

Vapianos, as a food franchise, aims for a design that is “somewhere between Ferrari and Fiat”, meaning that they aim to have a balance between formality and casualness. Their look is fresh casual in order to reflect the freshness of the pasta, pizza and salads that they offer. The fresh design is enhanced by fresh herb gardens growing inside the restaurant. The design is wholly Italian and modern. The paleness of the plywood surfaces, the red branding and the bright green of the herbs seem to symbolise the Italian flag.

Finding a place for a causal meat and being blown away by the design can turn a mediocre might out into a memorable experience. If you are an owner of a casual diner remember that the store’s design can only improve you customers experience. If you are looking for inspiration or assistance with the design of your store, visit www.tuprojects.com

Written by Grace Patterson


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