Hawk and
Hunter Café

Ripponlea VIC
Tommy Collins

The design for Hawk and Hunter café in Ripponlea entices patrons with a quirky fitout synonymous with the Tommy Collins brand.

The brief was to convert a dank and darkly lit former Chinese restaurant with a catacomb of internal partitions into both a new café and a commercial kitchen for the client’s catering arm.

The floor plan is open and accessible, which creates a dynamic space that encourages interaction between both staff and customers alike. Sustainable materials that were durable yet inexpensive were a priority, as were shelves and cabinets that could display bespoke products and produce. The reclaimed and recycled material in this project demonstrates that expensive finishes and deluxe joinery are not the only way to attract customers.

The simple layout and use of tactile objects and rustic joinery creates an atmosphere that is vibrant yet warm and which reflects the brand’s cornerstone attributes of quality, place and service.

Project Timeline


Architectural Services
Interior Design
Contract Administration


Winner of 2012 Melbourne Design Awards – Hospitality

Area and Staff

Venue Size M²


No. Staff


Seating Breakdown

Indoor Seats: 58
Outdoor Seats: 20

Construction Cost