Eat17 is an independently owned small group of eateries and convenience stores with a culture built around creativity and product quality. Earning a reputation for its owner and chef, Chris O’Connor’s luxurious take on good, honest food.
The Walthamstow restaurant was recently refurbished in a challenging project carried out within a tight two week timeframe, to a design by London based design studio, Hawtrey-Woore. Main contractors for the scheme were Interstor Contracts who were commended for their work.
The venue is entered through the bar area, now floored in handmade cement tiles and incorporating a number of dining tables, with natural sheepskins draped over the chairs which add texture and luxury immediately. This leads through a floor to ceiling opening to the main dining area with its circular zinc topped tables and upholstered stools. At the far end of this area, the space is divided into more intimate sections, with tables for two made from reclaimed oak and leather upholstered banquette seating, using low walls featuring arrangements of fresh foliage to divide the space.
One of the key features of the refurbishment was to soften the division of the bar and restaurant to create more of a unified space. Hawtrey-Woore’s design solution was to open up a wall dividing the restaurant and bar areas and re-position the bar in a more central location. This entailed knocking through the dividing wall and installing a bespoke structural framework needed to support the floor above, where apartments are located. This was a major element of the project - particularly due to the tight two week timeframe allocated to complete the refurbishment. The works involved constructing a hoarding around this section of the restaurant with works ongoing whilst the restaurant was operational, as this was the only way to achieve the completion deadline.