The popular Tony Macaroni restaurant chain now has many restaurants in Scotland and is becoming widely recognised for its first class, traditional Italian cuisine. Everything about their restaurants exudes a love for good food… and Italy – the “Old Country” as it is often fondly referred to.
Whilst every Tony Macaroni Restaurant has its own character and style, the experience for each visitor is consistently high. Visual differences based on the inherent architecture in each building helped provide a unique character and Benholm Group were asked to further enhance some of the them with restaurant plants and greenery.
Some of the planting highlights are as follows:
Mediterranean Olive trees (Olea European) with mature stems provided the classic Italian feel.
A garden theme including cascading plants trailing over a glass wall dividing the restaurant and designed to give an outside-inside effect. Imitation windows look out onto more lush gardens and live grasses ripple in the breeze on the top of the built-in seat units.
Lush green walls were installed using preserved moss to provide a soft backdrop to some of the seating areas and help control the acoustics in the busy restaurant.
Awkward window alcoves were transformed into welcoming features using replica Olive Tree saplings, lush green preserved moss cladding and natural slate pieces.
Contorted stem mature Ficus Ginseng trees in stone urns and troughs full of bright red velvet tipped Sansevieria Mikado plants helped provide a quirky character that marked one of the restaurants.
Exterior pavement dining became a much more enjoyable experience with printed banner screens supported by vibrant tower planters with Buxus Sempavarious topiary ball trees. These were on a challenging city centre location with a considerable gradient and care had to be taken to ensure the whole arrangement was not only aesthetically pleasing but also stable enough to withstand the wind.
Providing themed plants for restaurants is not a new concept for the design team at Benholm Group. See the Italian-themed planting at The Italian Centre in Glasgow - Benholm Italian Centre Case Study A4-email. See images of our traditional Scottish theme displays here.