Philadelphia Restaurant Kitchen Design Company Mise Design Group, LLC Acquires Design Contract for New Hilton Hotel in Uganda

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Leading local commercial kitchen design company set to design world-class dining facilities a world away.

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“Restaurants and cafes are frequently the profit and social-centers of their respective establishments whether it's a small strip mall or a hotel as large as this one, so the restaurant kitchen design is always critical," says Victor Cardamone.

Philadelphia-based Mise Design Group, LLC announced today that it has acquired the contract for food & beverage restaurant kitchen design services of the new $100 million dollar Hilton Hotel to be located in Kampala, Uganda.

The Hilton Kampala will be located on Nakasero Hill in Kampala on a 14-acre parcel of land owned by the African-owned Aya Group subsidiary Aya Investments. The hotel will be fully responsive to the needs of its guests with facilities to enhance work, communication, relaxation and the diplomatic conferencing needs of the region. Upon completion in 2011, the facility is expected to provide over 2,000 jobs, 95% of which will be offered to local Ugandans.

Mise Designs commercial kitchen design contract is charged with designing all 8 of the hotel’s dining facilities, including a sports bar, lobby lounge & bar, banquet facility, bakery, staff canteen, pool bar, coffee shop and a specialty restaurant. Designing a world class facility with the diversity and depth of a project such as this - a world away no less- would be a daunting challenge for any company, but Mise Designs President Victor Cardamone is looking forward to taking on the challenge.

“As a chef myself, I look at the challenge of managing a project of this magnitude just as I would coordinating the logistics of a catering party for a few thousand people,” said Cardamone. “Obviously the ingredients are different, but as long as everyone involved is clear in their responsibilities and means of execution, you always leave the event with a satisfied customer.”

Construction of the Hilton Kampala has been ongoing since 2006, and has been positioned to become the nation’s leading luxury hotel. Aya expects the asset to become an important diplomatic and profit center in the coming years with hopes that the facility will fulfill its role of delivering world class standards and facilities to many of the region’s leading business, cultural & civic leaders.

In addition to providing the hotel kitchen design, the company will be responsible for supplying proposals to install and supplying the facility’s food and beverage equipment, laundry equipment as well as the substantial refrigeration and exhaust systems.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to provide ‘the heart’ of a facility as impressive as this one,” said Cardamone. “We feel our winning this hotel kitchen design contract is a direct reflection of the depth and quality of the services we offer, so we’re pretty proud of this one. We’re eager to get to work.”

Mise Design’s services are expected to save the hotel up to a half-million dollars in expenses on both the front and back ends of the project. As of press time, the company is also involved in the bidding for supply and installation of all the millwork for the cabinetry.

“What makes us such a unique company is that we have the ability to not only handle the challenges of design from a distance, but we have the flexibility and expertise to cost-effectively supply all of the equipment and have access to the resources needed to warehouse, stage and install it anywhere in the world,” stated Cardamone. “Being able to do this means that we can better facilitate the construction development process by allowing the site contractors to do their construction work while another team of skilled people are assembling all of the equipment for quick installation. It saves time and resources, which in a project on as large a scale as this one is, can be invaluable.”

Mise Designs has designed restaurants, hotels and kitchens both nationally and internationally ranging from café’s to full-blown specialty dining facilities in Montana. Cardamone says that the biggest difference between his company and the competition is it’s adaptability to suit nearly any project large or small.

“Restaurants and cafes are frequently the profit and social-centers of their respective establishments whether it's a small strip mall or a hotel as large as this one, so the restaurant kitchen design is always critical,” he said. “In many ways, the dining experience can define the average visitor’s overall experience, so everything needs to flow from how the kitchen operates to the look and feel of the restaurant; From how and what the food is prepared on to how it comes out of the kitchen and through the service – everything adds up. It’s not just about providing good food; it’s about providing an experience suited to your surroundings.”

As of press time, there is no start date set for delivery and negotiations to supply are ongoing, however the restaurant design and implementation process is expected to begin sometime in the early winter of 2011 and will be completed by the Hotel’s opening next summer. The Hilton Kampala will be Uganda’s second five-star hotel, joining the Kampala Serena Hotel as the only five-star establishments in the country.

ABOUT MISE DESIGNS
Mise Designs is a chef run, hotel & restaurant kitchen design, supply and operations consulting firm. The company provides cost effective solutions provided from a chef’s point of view and an entrepreneur’s financial perspective. Mise Designs founder; Victor Cardamone, is a classically trained Executive Chef and Alumni of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. From working in a family owned Microbrewery and Pizzerias to the white collar table cloths of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cardamone brings a wide range of experience to the forefront. These collective experiences have provide Mise Designs with the ability to not just design and revitalize the smallest of food service operations, but also to coordinate and reorganize the most complex of establishments in the industry today.

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