As a design exercise, this project has been great fun and also a personal first in creating a new restaurant identity. The initial brief was to create a contemporary, New York-style café bistro look. However, with all things considered, it was felt that the environment of the restaurant was better suited to a more traditional Irish feel… “with a twist”! So… fresh sketches were made and as soon as I’d finished drawing the last choice, I knew it would be ‘the chosen one’. It was one of those rare and very satisfying moments as a designer where you just know you’ve hit the target with your work.
Unfortunately, as of February 2012, Costelloe’s MaltHouse have ceased trading.