Refrigeration units that look like they’ve come straight out of a 1960s pantry could be about to make a comeback as restaurant chains chase the retro look.
Two such units took pride of place on Precision Refrigeration’s Hotelympia stand this week and, according to managing director Nick Williams, the interest they generated exceeded expectations.
“We made the units specifically for the show after several customers that have a retro look to their front-of-house approached us. So many bottle coolers and other catering equipment are very modern-looking these days and they asked us if we could come up with something to help better fit their décor. There is nothing actually ‘new’ about it – it is exactly like a two-door, upright commercial fridge used to look like in the Sixties.”
The technology behind the units contain all the energy-saving features of Precision’s current product range, but the cladding has been made from mild steel and painted with clear paint. Imperfections and discolorations in the finish help to augment the retro look, while the ribbed glass version is designed to mirror old styles of furniture.
Williams said Precision can produce the bespoke units, which come with classic American Kason hinges, in any colour a client wished.
“The feedback we have had has been absolutely tremendous,” he added. “A variety of clients have shown an interest, including chain restaurants. We had GBK on the stand, who are very interested for their sites, while others said it is exactly what they want. Somebody wanted to put a meat rail in so they could have hanging hams on one side and wines on the other, so everybody sees their own need. You see a lot of restaurants now with the wooden floors and who use a lot of scaffolding inside, so these fit with that retro look.”