Multi-disciplinary studio +tongtong recently designed Torteria San Cosme, a Mexican sandwich shop in Toronto’s eclectic Kensington Market.
Principal designer John Tong worked closely with his client Arturo Anhalt to bring his childhood memories of Mexico into the 700-square-foot space. With this objective in mind, Torteria San Cosme evokes the vibrant colour, playfulness and authenticity of Mexican street food stands.
“The design of Torteria San Cosme has a kind of casual haphazardness to it,” says Tong. “But if you look for it, you can see it’s actually very controlled. It’s an urban twist on tradition.”
Torteria San Cosme Owner/ Arturo Anhalt
Design Firm: +tongtong
Lead Designer: John Tong
Designer: Eunice Lam
Contractor: Parallel General Contractor
Photography: Naomi Finlay
Painted Wall Mural: Designed and painted by Stephanie Latulippe
Patterned Floor Tile: 1900 Series
Sourced from Mettro Tile
Hand painted signage by BrushBoys
+tongtong is a visionary interior Design firm led by Principal John Tong (B. Architecture from University of Toronto). The firm creates thoughtful concept driven spaces and objects. Their portfolio includes restaurants, bars, hotels, retail, custom homes and residential development projects in North America and Europe. Recently completed are the award winning Drake Devonshire Inn, Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Barsa Taverna, Batch for Molson Canada and Zn house. +tongtong is currently working on multiple projects for the Drake Hotel Properties including a commissary and café, a “day-to-night” mini bar, and an expansion of the existing Drake Hotel with Diamond Schmitt Architects. Other projects includes a hotel in Sweden, a luxury cottage in Muskoka with Star Architect Todd Saunders and various multi-residential development projects across Canada.
+tongtong has received numerous international Awards & Accolades including: The James Beard Awards nomination for best restaurant design, Hospitality Design HD Awards including Best of Show, Best Spa, Best Guest room, and Best Hotel, and Gold Key Awards for Best hotel and Best guest room. It was also the winner of the best bar at the Restaurant and Bar Awards and nominated for best small retail and best small house by ID magazine. In Canada, +tongtong has been presented with several awards by the Design Exchange and Best of Canada as well as Best Restaurant and Best Hotel Suite from EnRoute Magazine.