The Papadoulakis family is well known in Bloemfontein in the restaurant industry and social circles. Apart from many other restaurants that they have opened and owned, Margaritas opened its doors in 1997. They have received numerous certificates of excellence from tripadvisor for their excellent food, wine and good service. We approached them with a proposal to give the building a facelift, and to refurbish the interior.
We incorporated the balcony, which was the smoking area, into the floor space of the main restaurant. The windows were replaced with special glass to eliminate the noise from the street outside. We also introduced a lift to cater for people with disabilities, as well as a new foyer area on the ground floor.
On the façade we removed all the elements of clutter and squared out all the curved window soffits. We made use of vertical cladding, wrapping around the corner of the building to hide the old structure behind it, and to give it a fresh contemporary look.
The building was completed in 2019.