Rofuto is a new concept restaurant which brings a funky twist on izakaya style modern Japanese food to the 16th floor of the new Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham. Owned and managed by restaurateur, Des Macdonald, former Head Chef at Ivy Restaurant, London. The project was realised thanks to a close partnership with Seven Capital and the main Contractor, Colmore Tang Construction Ltd. With Rofuto being a direct translation of the word ‘Loft’ in Japanese, Tibbatts Abel were inspired to create a fusion of urban, industrial warehouse environments with the added elements of a fun & vibrant cocktail/spirit lounge.
Warm tones of timber are used throughout the scheme along with the more industrial tones of the metal cladding to the bars and concrete effect resin flooring. The palette is a balance of general neutrals; warm taupe, greys and blacks with highlights of vibrant pinks & purples. Textured concrete effect finishes to the walls and ceiling add to the raw, urban feel. Large scale murals flow throughout the scheme contributed by Artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. The central focus of the main dining area in Rofuto is the freestanding bar, clad in aluminium with rivet detailing. Oversized, circular rope wrapped lighting, frames this area from above. The rear of the main bar area is home to an open style kitchen with elevated chefs creating a theatrical backdrop. A robata counter to the front adds to this interactive dining experience.
The company are passionate about using local suppliers; “It was important for us to collaborate with local suppliers and contractors to contribute to business and trade within Birmingham and surrounding areas. The bespoke loose furniture and joinery were all hand crafted by two Cannock based companies using locally sourced materials, including the 35 year old English Oak used for the bar top and robata counter.” Tibbatts Abel said.