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This month the HX:Expo in New York celebrated it’s centenary with a major revamp. Quality and commitment remain paramount for the most important trade show in the North America’s hospitality industry, but the show is looking forward to the next 100 years with the introduction of a new layout, live presentations and panel discussions.
Many awards were presented throughout the show including the ‘Foodservice Pioneering Concept’. The proud winner of this award was Bienvenu, a collaboration between Architectural firm Bruner/Cott and foodservice design and consulting firm Colburn & Guyette of Massachussets.
Bienvenu is a mobile Tapas & Wine Bar – a silently unfolding table which transforms into a bar with seats, POS counter, cold display case and a wine bar.
The concept, serving a minimalist menu of a dozen or so small-plate selections is completely self-contained with the exception of a roll-in, roll-out under counter refrigeration unit (to store in the host site kitchen). Bienvenu folds away completely when the unit is closed.
“Bienvenu is a concept that can fit a niche in a variety of settings. Its upscale, minimalist approach provides an ‘out of the box’ option to grab-n-go customers, where they can stop and relax with a glass of wine and small plate for a while and then be on their way again”