It all begins with the name, Supreme Supreme. Our home on Welles Street means several things to us. Supreme is Supreme, and our mission is to offer Christchurch the best of the best. The site also marks our second eatery in Christchurch, and round two of providing locals with warm and inviting hospitality.
With room for 70 coffee-loving epicures, Supreme Supreme is equipped with a full kitchen and bakery. With a team of chefs on staff, food is made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. There are our own house-made jams, hand-churned butter served in small glass jars and homemade sauces featuring daily, which are also available for purchase by the bottle.
The space has an international feel, with strong influences from Scandinavian design and American diner culture. There are three different seating and dining areas, which can accommodate solo travellers, an intimate lunch date or larger dining parties.
Full breakfast and lunch menus sit alongside Coffee Supreme’s signature espresso blends and a seasonal menu of single-origin filter coffees. For those rare moments when you don’t want a coffee, craft beer, local wines, sparkling water on tap, Noble & Savage tea and Six Barrel Soda are also available.
For those needing coffee for home or the office, there are freshly roasted coffee beans ready to go. Supreme Supreme also sports our most popular brew gear, should you need to update your kit.
Located right next door to Christchurch’s fourth most well-known landmark, Peaches and Cream, Supreme Supreme is housed in a building with a long and proud history. The site was constructed as Christchurch’s Land Rover dealership in the 1960s. Hop Yick, an Asian food warehouse and emporium, followed, before the building emptied for significant earthquake-strengthening work.
It took almost half a decade for Welles Street to fall into place, but it was well worth the wait and toil. Strengthening work on Welles was completed at the end of 2014, allowing us to take command of the space in preparation for a March 2015 opening of Supreme Supreme.
Supreme Supreme is easily our biggest hospitality undertaking to date. The investment in Welles Street reflects our connection to Christchurch city and our desire to be part of the rebuilding efforts, to help a great region of people get back on their feet.
Our dedication to the Garden City goes back to the early 2000's when we were first operating out of a garage in Lyttelton, before we moved into an old real-estate office on Montreal Street. As time passed, we grew out of this commercial cul-de-sac condo and moved into more suitable digs opposite the IRD on Madras Street. We had this space, which was home to both our wholesale team and a small café, until the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.
We enlisted Jessica Barter and her team from Bureaux to help nail what was our most ambitious spatial project to date. Jess first helped us with the initial design of Good One back in 2008 as well as with our Midland Park retail store. Reunited with Supreme head honcho and Creative Director Al Keating, the duo made an inspired team, with the kind of natural chemistry that bodes well for creative endeavours like Supreme Supreme.
While attention to detail is a big part of what makes Supreme Supreme special, it’s perhaps the union between the building’s history and the two aspects of our South Island operation under one roof that gives the space a unique feel.
As to the design direction, Land Rover’s robust and practical attitude, along with its assured 1970s colour palette, mixed with the earnest energy of Hop Yick, inspired many of the spatial elements. Light timber, polished concrete floors, frosted glass and bent white steel tubing are core elements. Canvas, hints of red and a custom neon sign add dynamism to the space.
Bespoke seating inspired by the cantilever chair designs of Marcel Breuer and Mart Stam are tucked around tables and the bar area, with by cushioned bench seating running along the outter walls. Grid detailing, inspired by an old Chinese ledger found in the space during demolition, weaves itself throughout the space, detailing timber work and creating the keystone design device on the site’s branding, masterfully crafted by Supreme’s Douglas A. Johns.