Creating Something New
Parented by DAI Foods Pvt. Ltd., Lebmex opens doors to its standalone eatery at Lavelle Road, Bangalore. Designed by ACME Designers, the outlet portrays an environment that is inspired by the cultures of Mexico and Lebanon.
Lebmex was born out of a need to provide international vegetarian cuisine with the motto "Create Something New". It caters to Indian consumers who want to get a taste of the bold, vibrant and eclectic tastes of authentic Lebanese and Mexican Cuisines, and demonstrating that food served fast doesn't have to be a "fast-food" experience. At its new exclusive outlet on Lavelle road in Bangalore, the store design concept brings to life this service objective with the use of forms, colors and graphics inspired from the cultures the cuisine comes from. The concept is spread across 1800sft, adapted in a challenging narrow three level building. “The ground level houses the main cash counter and the kitchen, while the other two floors each represent a different theme: the first – Lebanese, and the top floor – Mexican,” explains Isaac Varsulkar, Co-Director, Lebmex. The building facia was used, without conventional building materials, to draw attention to the differentiated culinary destination using graphics and subtle ethnic architecture to communicate interestingly what to expect inside. “The facade of the store is an interesting mural depiction cultures and colors, and elements from both Mexico and Lebanon,” explains Dhawal Udeshi, Co-Director, Lebmex. “The effect has been acquired without the usage of ACP, bricks, cladding or any glass options,” adds Sunita. K, Chief Architect, ACME Designers. The compromised building width which was squeezed between adjacent buildings was a challenge for the interior design to deliver a good dining experience in terms of access, circulation and comfort. Sunita comments further on this: “The site being a very old building, execution was a big challenge. Also, the narrowness of the building made it even tougher; nonetheless we overcame this by designing the space, making it look wider and inviting. The space planning with proper divisions and doing justice to each area was enterprising. Moreover, to make an old building look attractive and inviting, making the façade look extremely decorative was necessary, hence the huge mural.” The design concept of the restaurant is drawn from quirky interpretations of the culture of Lebanon and Mexico. “The strategy was to