Jimbo & Rex is the newest pub experience in The West End, located in Crown Melbourne. Designed by Mim Design, the space offers a casual yet sophisticated “corner pub” style atmosphere.

Schiavello Construction and Schiavello Signage were engaged to complete the interior construction, and signage, respectively. Demolishing what was previously known as “The Pub,” the new space was taken back to its shell, from which two adjacent tenancies were created. The new interior construction for Jimbo & Rex included the creation of new bar and restaurant, facade and back of house commercial kitchen.

Standout features include the restaurant’s new facade, which is custom built and hand finished in copper colour coating. Also, the bar is an elaborate piece of craftsmanship, with an intricately curved granite marble bar top. Timber flooring and laminate timber beams are featured throughout.

Schiavello Signage created a grand, illuminated sign for the restaurant’s main entrance, as well as six amenity signs. The main entrance sign comprises of a curved, textured, powdercoated panel with copper fabricated lettering. Each letter is hand linished and sprayed with stain and clear coat. Featuring warm white LED lighting, the words “Jimbo” and “Rex” are halo lit, while the ampersand is front lit. The team’s troubleshooting capabilities ensured consistent illumination of the ampersand without visible hotspots – a challenging endeavour with a stunning visual effect.

Key to the success of the project was the high degree of on-site coordination between parties to collaborate on various elements including the curved facade and bar. The bar’s curved granite required the joiner and stone cutter to work closely to make sure the stone was cut and joined on a precise angle. Schiavello Signage exercised great skill and coordination to create a signage solution that perfectly matched the curve of the facade. Also, the exact tint and colour of the natural copper needed to be matched across signage, joinery and other suppliers, which required a high degree of synchronisation, sampling and prototyping.

This degree of on-site collaboration paired with Schiavello’s long standing relationship with the client and strong knowledge of Crown-specific guidelines helped the team deliver a seamless, on time and on budget project.