RDA has recently helped to transform the restaurant interior design of Niche, a thriving Gluten Free restaurant based in Islington London.
Opened in 2013, Niche was London’s first 100% gluten-free restaurant to be accredited by Coeliac UK. Since becoming entirely gluten-free in 2015, following one of the owner’s and Executive Chef Marc Warde, being diagnosed Coeliac himself, Niche has doubled its trade and enjoyed rave reviews from the UK’s hospitality media and press. Niche has also held the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” since 2016 and OpenTable’s Diners Choice award for the last 3 years.
When they were looking to refurbish the restaurant, owners Marc and Adrian called in RDA’s design experts to reinterpret the current industrial trend into a softer restaurant environment.
Retaining the feature slate and existing branding and artwork which has become synonymous with the restaurant, our team designed and installed feature tiling, new flooring, fixed seating throughout and a new gantry over the bar. Additionally, new hanging pendants create a softer ambience.
Marc Warde said: “Our aim is to become the friendly and accessible face of free-from dining. As such we felt our ambience and environment is part of the experience our customers have as a whole; and is as important as the food itself.
“From our initial meeting with RDA we felt they understood Niche and the look and feel we wanted to create, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
He added: “One in 100 people live with Coeliac disease, me included. Our menu has evolved over time and we have created a bank of recipe and menu options to truly call our own.
“Our strap line is ‘gluten-free but you wouldn’t know it’ because we decided early on, that we wanted to be a gluten-free restaurant that is also just a good restaurant! And the best thing is that the people who visit us are often completely oblivious that we are gluten-free at all.”