Restaurant & Bar Design Talks:
Cabana (Brixton) Michaelis Boyd

Cabana Brixton

The first Restaurant & Bar Design Talks of 2016 will be held at Cabana (Brixton), which has been designed by Michaelis Boyd. The talks will be held on the 24th February 2016 and will be hosted by Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Founder Marco Rebora, who will be in conversation with the Designer of the project Alex Michaelis (Co-Founder, Michaelis Boyd) and Co-Founder of Cabana, David Ponte. Each of whom will discuss the brief, challenges and results of this amazing Brazilian themed restaurant in the heart of Brixton!

About Cabana

Cabana is a Brazilian Barbecue chain with restaurants in Brixton, The O2, Islington, Leeds, Manchester and Wembley to name a few. Co-owned by Jamie Barber and David Ponte, Cabana is an attempt to share a bit of the real Brasil; to bring the eccentricity of Brazilian streets, communal oversized barbecues and the unmistakably Brazilian outlook: ‘tudo bem’, meaning ‘everything’s good’ to the UK.

David Ponte

Born and raised in Rio, David Ponte is the co-founder and owner of the Cabana restaurant chain with business partner and friend of twenty years, Jamie Barber. Ponte’s first foray into the restaurant business was with Momo, striving to make Moroccan food mainstream in London, and he is now successfully doing the same for Brazilian food.

Alex Michaelis

Alex Michaelis established Michaelis Boyd with Tim Boyd in 1995. Since then the studio has built a strong reputation for simple, elegant architecture, with an emphasis on sustainable, environmentally sound solutions. Alex has worked at some of the industry’s largest companies, including Richard Rogers & Partners, Colquhoun, Miller & Partners, and Wickham & Associates.

The Restaurant & Bar Design Talks program

We organise quarterly Restaurant & Bar Design Talks at innovative food and beverage spaces. The talks showcase the design of amazing food & beverage spaces in the UK and internationally with discussions by both the designer and their client. The events are attended by the region’s most influential designers, architects, hospitality operators and media.

The Restaurant and Bar Design Talks in the UK and abroad offered me a brilliant opportunity to personally make new contacts in the hospitality industry.

Steve La Bouchardiere, MD, DesignLSM 

The Talk was a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends in hospitality. I was delighted to meet such a diverse group of attendees from design principles, owners, operators and brand ambassadors.


Tim Mutton, Founder, Blacksheep

We have supported the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for 5 years and have benefited tremendously from introductions and chances to meet key players at the various events.

Simon Cotton, Development Director, Breezefree

Other Restaurant & Bar Design Talks for 2016 will be held at The German Gymnasium, London (Conran & Partners) and Nando’s, Harrogate (STAC Architecture).

Open to architects, designers and hospitality operators, the Cabana talk is strictly RSVP. Should you wish to attend, please email Marco.

Image © Thompsons Ltd.

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