Bento Harrington St

TypeRestaurant Fit OutLocationHobart, TasmaniaClientBentoYear2015StatusCompletedArchitectCumulus StudioImagesNina Hamilton

Since the opening of the world class Museum of Old and New ART (MONA), Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is experiencing an economic boom. The increase in visitors to the city, particularly in and around the CBD, has not only boosted the hotel and tourism industries, but provided a fertile ground for small, local businesses.

One such business is Bento who have established multiple small Japanese restaurants across Hobart. Conceived in parallel with the fit out of Bento Moonah, the Harrington Street store complements and builds on the bold Bento brand.

A tight floor area has been transformed into a lively space, allowing diners the choice to eat in or grab-and-go. The distinctive branding and use of texture and horizontal strips of colour ensures that the aesthetic is easily recognisable, and provides a vibrant space in which to socialise and eat.

The introduction of boutique yet casual dining experiences such as Bento Harrington Street further increases Hobart’s desirability to visitors and provides a richer everyday experience for locals.

Together, Bento Moonah and Bento Harrington Street were finalists in the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards.