Bar Unico, Lincoln
Quality Equipment Distributors (QED), based in Glasgow, is a leading UK designer and supplier of modular bar, coffee shop and food service equipment, with a large selection of contemporary and classic module styles for catering and retail environments.
The company was recently appointed to supply a complete coffee shop display system for the newly opened Bar Unico in fashionable St Benedict’s Square in the historic city of Lincoln.
Bar Unico is owned by former Nottingham Forest and Grimsby Town footballer Giovanni (Gio) Carchedi and his mother Diana. The business was launched in the autumn of 2013 with the help of NBV Enterprise Solutions, which provides advice and support to businesses in the East Midlands.
The mission of Bar Unico is to bring a taste of southern Italian hospitality to Lincoln. As well as serving a delicious blend of coffee, customers can enjoy Diana’s home cooked pastries, pizzas, meatballs, arancini, cakes and biscotti, using family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. The bar is also licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, with its selection of Italian aperitivi being particularly popular.
Following a great deal of research into the most appropriate food service equipment for the premises, Gio and Diana selected the Italian-made Deblasi Zen modular coffee shop system, for which QED is the exclusive UK distributor. The scheme consists of hot and cold display counters, a 45 degree corner unit and a 14-flavour gelato display freezer for traditional Italian ice cream (something that has proved very popular with local children and their parents).
The counters are in ‘Wenge’ wood veneer finish with white granite worktops and stainless steel kick plates. In addition, there is mirrored rear shelving with glass shelves and décor panels matching the counter fronts.
The complete system was installed in one day by QED’s own refrigeration engineers and shopfitters. Giovanni and Diana are impressed with the authentic Italian style of the Deblasi Zen system and the expertise and professionalism of the QED team. The distinctive, continental ambience that has been created has made a major contribution to a successful first two months for the business and they have great optimism for the future.