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This sandwich shop serves interior inspiration with a side of grilled cheese

Article by Home Magazine

  Auckland sandwich shop, Fort Greene, finds a new home to break bread on Karangahape Road

This sandwich shop serves interior inspiration with a side of grilled cheese

Sandwich makers Fort Greene recently moved along Auckland’s Karangahape Road from the historic St Kevins Arcade to a former kebab shop on the main strip. “K Road has a distinctively quirky, grungy and social sense of place,” says designer Rebecca Walker of Walker Mitchell. “This fitout was about being true to the building, the owners, the regulars, and creating a warm, welcoming space.”

How much of the previous shop is in the DNA?
As very dedicated owner-operators who did their first fitout, Andrea Mulhausen and Liam Fox didn’t want to lose the feel and connection to the people of Fort Greene by creating a slick fitout. The new space really reflects their style, with lots of warm, natural timber and a bohemian vibe. We brought their pendant lights over to the new shop, as well as all their charming, eclectic books, plants and pictures.

What was here before?
We were very lucky to have such a rich starting point with the existing interior – the paint layered onto tongue-and-groove walls and ceilings, a unique ceiling line that follows the old roof line. It still has the original skylights and ceiling roses already set for pendant lights.

It has a really warm feel. The heart of Fort Greene is the interaction the customers have with the owners – so Andrea’s central coffee station is essential, as is the open kitchen where Liam bakes his bread. We added authentic materials with lots of texture and warmth to layer up the space, such as the timber furniture that tones with the kauri floors, rusty ochre bench seating, and the natural stone top on the coffee station.

Fort Greene
327 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Photography by: David Straight.

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