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Café Latte Restaurant, Toorak

For the last 25 years, Café Latte and owner Luca Lorusso have been an icon in the Hawksburn Village shopping precinct. The restaurant was already well established when B.E Architecture was engaged to update the fitout.

At the heart of the redesign for Café Latte is a rigorous study of the existing restaurant and what made it successful in the first place.

The design is not a grand architectural intervention but rather a considered and nuanced response to the cultural milieu that is Café Latte.

Responding to the existing period structure, the project uses referential detailing, such as curved cornices and arched doorways. The space is filled with an array of eclectic and hand crafted items. It is a warm and inviting environment that feels more like dining at the home of a good friend.

The design implements a major shift from a central bar to open up space for more dining tables. Within the same building envelope, the redesign increased capacity in both kitchen and service areas. A glazed shopfront, with copper detailing adds for increased visibility from the street.