当年在云南当了两年炊事兵，退伍时领导百般挽留，小胖拍着胸脯立下军令状 — 有朝一日必将自己开餐厅做老板，那是2001年。
▼餐厅外观，exterior view ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
The new QINGTAO opens, sitting in the yard, Xiaopang wants to cry, but also wants to laugh when it’s leisure time.
Xiaopang used to be a military cook for two years when serving in the army in Yunnan. His leader retained him by all means when he was discharged, but Xiaopang insisted to leave, and swore to have his own restaurant one day. It was the year of 2001.
Xiaopang is usually flighty, acting cute, and not very serious, but when the topic is about cooking, his eyes will light up, with intoxication all over his face. His ideal life is to look for great food material, and then stay in the kitchen, making dishes, finally serve on the guest table. That is the greatest satisfaction.
The guests always asks about the name of the restaurant, why QINGTAO. Xiaopang said that he thought it over and over. Now ten years passed, it seems that he finally gets the answer.
▼细节，detail ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
2009年，他还在杭州某知名饭店做厨师。杭州有若干设计师寻思着开家中餐厅。在一年前的2008年6月8日，这群设计师合伙开了蜜桃（对，就是那家蜜桃 Metoo Cafe）。小胖回忆起那天，设计师们找到他，他带着他们去到临安老家，由小胖妈妈掌勺做了一桌菜，席间大家对食材与手艺赞不绝口。饭没吃完，合伙开餐厅的事就这样愉快地决定了。
In 2009, Xiaopang was a cook in a famous restaurant in Hangzhou. Several designers in Hangzhou were thinking of opening a Chinese restaurant. On 8th June, 2008, this group of designers opened Metoo Cafe. Yes, it’s THAT Metoo Cafe.
Go back to the day when this group of designers turned to Xiaopang, and Xiaopang invited them to his hometown in Lin’an. Xiaopang’s mom prepared a table of dishes, which were appreciated by all. Restaurant partnership was decided during this wonderful meal.
▼青桃餐厅标识，restaurant sign ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
▼白墙黑瓦青石板，典型的江南民居，White walls, black tile, blue flagstone, which is typical Jiangnan folk house ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
In 2009, the restaurant was opened in Shuangfeng of Longjing, next to the Green Tea Museum, which is surrounded by mountains.It was named “QINGTAO”. For Xiaopang, this was the first time to be a boss. For the designers, this was the first attempt of Chinese restaurant. In that year, everyone was in their early 30s. In Chinese, QING means young and not very sophisticated. TAO means 桃园结义, which was an old story about sworn brothers.
Nobody knows what will be the future like. We just need to keep on moving without thinking too much.
“WOW, it’s been ten years.” Xiaopang shakes his head and then burst into laughter, “I never thought about this”. At first, they just wanted to have a try, now they stick with it.
▼入口细节，entrance detail ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
The new QINGTAO is located in Siyanjing, which is the oldest block in Hangzhou. In old times, people in Hangzhou was nourished by wells. By 80s of 20th century, there were 5549 wells in Hangzhou city. Now, there are only 5 preserved four-eyed wells (“Siyanjing” in Chinese), among which the one in the crossing of Hupao Road and Manjuelong Road is the best-known, with a history of 1,100 years.
▼四眼古井，Siyanjing – ancient well ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
▼曲径通幽，twisted path through twilight shades ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
From the entrance to the bar counter, the path twists and turns, seems like the lanes and alleys in Jiangnan. Standing in front of the menu board, Xiaopang has a handwriting board on hand, recommending while fast recording, and then tearing the page to the waitress behind the bar counter, coming straight to the point and without the slightest hesitation. During this process, the waiters and waitresses are moving fast through, and then the guests give way to them with a tacit smile. It’s just like in a narrow and busy alley.
▼走廊，corridor ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
▼楼梯间，stair well ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
There are four tables for casual visitors in the lobby. The lobby is surrounded by floating walls, with several irregular window openings, making this area private and interesting, also ensuring interacting with outside space. Children like to lean out from the window openings and wall bottom to play hide and seek, with the happiness of peeping.
the dining area in the lobby is surrounded by floating walls ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
▼散客用餐区，dining area ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
For the guests in the lobby, after drinking some wine, they raise their voice unconsciously, making it much like a noisy wine shop in streets. Therefore, kind people reminded Xiaopang to use acoustical material to lower the noise. However, Xiaopang refused with a smile, “no, this is exactly what we want”.
▼私人餐室，private dining room ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
The guests are generally regular guests, and their “must dish” like Quickly Fried Pig Kidney, Rotten Salmon, Vinegar Fried Chicken, Village Pork, Peanut Seedling are ordered without seeing the menu. Xiaopang said that 80% of a restaurant is about the dishes, with a basis of good food material and cooking technique, another 10% is about the environment and the last 10% is about the service. Thus the guests will keep the restaurant in mind.
▼室内细节，interior detailed view ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
小胖总会带来惊喜。某一天某一餐，他会给你端上一道从未见过的新菜，比如最近的生蚝鸡蛋蒸臭豆腐。每个听说这道菜的客人都会重复一遍 “什么？生蚝还能蒸臭豆腐？”，此时小胖总会得意地一笑 “能啊，在我这里啥都能啊”，然后看着客人挑起一块裹着鸡蛋羹的臭豆腐放进嘴里，抿上嘴唇，眉梢间透露出细微而满足的表情，于是小胖知道自己又成功了，全身上下每个细胞都散发出十足的自信。
There is always surprise from Xiaopang. During a meal in one day, he will serve a totally new dish, for example, the recently served Steaming Oyster Egg and Stinky Tofu. Every guest who hears the name of this dish repeats it:”What? Oyster can be steamed together with stinky tofu?” By this time, Xiaopang always smiles with proud:”Of course, everything is possible here in QINGTAO”. And then he will watch the guest to put a piece of tofu wrapped with egg custard into his mouth, revealing the subtle and satisfactory expression. Xiaopang knows he successes again, therefore every cell of him proves his self-confidence.
▼二楼形式各异的包厢，there are different kinds of private rooms on the second floor ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
Ten years has passed. Xiaopang still insists on cooking by himself, sticking with QINGTAO. The sworn brothers of designers also insist on their own design field. Everyone steps from 30s to 40s. However, QINGTAO is still QINGTAO. Looking around, how many people can work on a career for ten years without changing? Great waves sweeping away the sand, the ones who persist are exactly not that easy. It is this uneasiness which makes the achievements.
Don’t rush him when he’s not ready, and he will look great when he’s ready.
▼餐厅夜间外观，exterior view by night ©Wen Studio / 汤汤
项目名称：青桃餐厅 · 四眼井店
Project Name: QINGTAO Restaurant·Siyanjing
Interior Design: GTD, Hangzhou
Graphic Design: Sansan Visual Studio
Project Location: NO.226-1, Siyanjing, Hupao, Hangzhou
Project Area: 180 sqm
Completion Date: May, 2020
Construction: Jiuwei Decoration, Hangzhou
标识制作：宁波匠天 / 杭州良良
Sign Production: Jiangtian, Ningbo/Liangliang, Hangzhou
Leather Customization: Enough Leather Research Institution
植物布置：去野 · 二旦植物工作室
Plant Layout: Quye·Erdan Plant Workshop
空间摄影：Wen Studio / 汤汤
Space Photo By: Wen Studio/ Tangtang
Dish Photo By: Maoxian
Main Material: art paint, recycled timber, cement brick