Interior designer Andrew Ross of Hot Concepts helps a ’90s-designed Gold Coast cafe blossom into its teens with a more high-end approach
This renovation was more of an aesthetic refurbishment. Co-owners Leesa Huth and Daran Glasgow (who’s also the chef) approached us about coming up with a concept to refresh the restaurant, marketing it more of a fine dining experience rather than a cafe. It is quite a small space, seating about 45 diners.
“The refurbishment was completed in August 2008. It took about eight weeks and we only had to close down the restaurant for a few weeks when we were renovating the bathroom and a few other
structural works. It was a quick project because Daran was already happy with the kitchen. We just segregated the kitchen from the dining area as there was an open door through to the back area. He found it was quite distracting for the diners.
“Daran and Leesa didn’t want to move around the functionality of the space because the bar was already well positioned. I think it came together beautifully.
“Although it’s at Main Beach in the Gold Coast, Chill is on a corner and doesn’t have much of a view. That’s why the restaurant inside is very inviting. Originally, the colour scheme was quite stark—a late ’90s look. We wanted to reflect a warmer dining ambiance. So we introduced an ocean-inspired palette of soft white, brown and aquamarine.
“The whole front of the restaurant is surrounded by windows, so there was only one wall that needed a visual statement. Rather than adding a large artwork, we refreshed the original feature wall behind the long banquette seating which has a chequerboard-style inlay. It’s now a mix of blue and brown tones, as well as mirrors that give the room a feeling of more space. Apart from the graphic element, it also improves the acoustics. The existing bar was covered with Polytec gloss in Mountain Pepper (www.polytec.com.au), with cut-outs replacing the existing stone front. A blue LED was placed in each cut-out to emit a soft glow.
“We also added wine storage because Daran wanted the bottles to be on display. It fits in with the fine dining theme. We tidied up some of the storage at the back-of-house, as well as freshening up the bathrooms. We replaced the vanity units, acid cleaned existing tiles, replaced feature tiles with aqua mosaics, and added a new mirror and lighting.
“To complete the look, we reupholstered the seating and added a row of ‘Peony’ drum pendant lights from Optique Lighting. Overall, the restaurant now has a real sense of sophistication, creating a relaxed dining experience.”
3/ 59 Randolph St
Rocklea QLD 4106
Tel: (07) 3277 7740