New restaurant designed by Drawlink evokes nostalgia of a traditional Italian kitchen


Dubai-based architecture and interior design firm, Draw Link Group, has completed the interior design and development of the newly launched Mercato restaurant, located in DIFC Gate Village.


Inspired by the traditional trattorias found in Italy and by the iconic Mercato Centrale in Florence, the concept was to create a warm, inviting space, similar to that of a grandmother’s kitchen. The design aesthetic evokes feelings of nostalgia, giving the impression that the restaurant has been in place for decades.



Draw Link Group was responsible for the design concept and development, the FF&E procurement and installation of the outlet.

Commenting on the design of the restaurant, Daousser Chennoufi, Draw Link Group CEO, said: “The design brief of Mercato restaurant was to create a casual daytime Italian eatery, inspired by the vibrant streets of Florence, within the business hub of DIFC.”


The restaurant boasts 160 square metres and accommodates around 30 guests indoors, with the option for an additional 40 guests dining alfresco outdoors.


The façade is designed in two contrasting colours, blue and green.


The floor tiles are of various Italian inspired patterns, in either black and white or bright colours. Wall paneling features a combination of raw materials.


The furniture and lighting selection are carefully selected, creating an eclectic feel, while still managing to look unified.


Another distinctive feature of the space is the traditional wood truss ceiling in aged wood, along with the signature designed 6-metre long solid wood communal table, custom designed and made specifically for the venue.


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