Cantina @ Topaz

NYD was given an initial brief to convert a shipping container into a pop-up Mexican restaurant for placement on a Topaz forecourt as a market tester for a new food offering. Design to build was completed in 2 months and included a full sided opening with hydraulic rams to allow for a covered service area.

The final product was considered by the client to be a complete success. Using the container unit as a brand model, we developed the brand and its assets into a fully formed, in-store offering. Applying an extensive knowledge of materials and construction methods and drawing on a robust and diverse pool of suppliers, we turned this in-store unit around within two weeks. In addition to the initial build, we also delivered amends that included an internal sound system and digital menu boards to accommodate a visit by the global company directors.

NYD have subsequently developed the Cantina brand through the installation of 3 additional in-store outlets. In 2016, the Cantina brand beat over 80 other Couche-Tard group offerings to win the global “Great Ideas to Go” award. We have now developed the global brand activation manual which will be circulated to the world markets and includes all instructions and specifications to be considered when building a Cantina outlet. It includes graphics, equipment, construction, lighting, flooring and finishing detailing.


  • Audio & visual design
  • Brand design consultation
  • Brand documentation
  • Build coordination
  • Concept design / development
  • Construction / Fabrication detailing
  • DAC / fire code compliance
  • Functional layouts
  • Furniture design
  • Graphic design
  • Health and safety coordination/documentation
  • Industrial design of all surfaces and substructures
  • Interior design
  • Lighting design and specification
  • Material and finishing specification
  • Project budget and scheduling
  • Project management