Jamie's Italian Canberra 125 Bunda Street, Civic, ACT 2600

role Interior Design value $2.9million area 600m² completed date October 2013 client Pacific Restaurant Group

peckvonhartel were once again engaged by PRG to deliver the third Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Australia, this time located in the ground floor of the busy Canberra Centre. The corner site takes up two existing tenancies drawing foot traffic from the shopping centre and cinema above.

The large kitchen and antipasti are co-located at the rear of the tenancy whilst the bar and pasta making area back on to the mall façade creating visual interest and engaging passers-by. The main dining area allows for 130 patrons and is adjoined by an external space that sits under an awning; the terrace seats another 60 diners.

The familiar material palette of subway tiles and rough sawn timbers line the restaurant walls, key elements of “Jamie’s DNA”. Green leathers and pink steel chairs provide bursts of colour within the space and an eclectic mixture of vintage lighting adds another layer of interest.

A spectacular glass link chandelier is suspended above the double height open dining area with an array of banquette seats and industrial stools and chairs providing various dining options.

To maximise the spaces’ potential it was decided that a new mezzanine floor would be constructed to house the customer toilets and staff back of house areas, however an existing food court upstairs meant extensive services reticulation was required to achieve minimum floor to ceiling clearances. 

To retain the strong identity of the Jamie’s Italian brand the entire shopfront was demolished and rebuilt introducing a length of full height stacking doors to the Bunda St façade. When open they help blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors drawing people in to the lively eatery.