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May 24, 2015 6:33 PM ET

Archived: CASA MAS – St Kilda Bodega: A Barcelona inspired tapas restaurant l that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner

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CASA MAS – St Kilda Bodega

By Laurent Mas and Sithira Kulasuriya


The story of the project

Hi, I’m Laurent Mas. I’m an entrepreneur and the founder of an advisory & development company called TEKAMAS Group. Over the past 20 years, I have amassed solid experience in the services industry. Hospitality has always been a passion of mine. Why hospitality? Because I enjoy people and I love to look after them. Meeting new people, sharing ideas and experiences over a great meal is one of my biggest pleasures in life.


Today I’m here to give you the opportunity to be part of an amazing journey by supporting me in the creation of CASA MAS.


What is CASA MAS?
A Barcelona inspired tapas restaurant located in St Kilda, Victoria, that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer on-site dining, take-away and a small Spanish deli.


Casa Mas will offer an authentic culinary experience with expertly prepared dishes and tapas made from scratch from fresh, high quality produce.


However Casa Mas will be more than a great restaurant. It will also be an experience for the senses with live music, dance lessons, art exhibitions featuring local talented artists.


CASA MAS will be a community hub where everyone feels welcome. A warm place to hangout and enjoy time with family and friends or to just come alone and make new friends!


Where did this idea come from?
I grew up in a town called Perpignan, near the border between France and Spain. Every weekend I travelled to Barcelona with my family. We would have an amazing time tasting all types of delicious food, enjoying, laughing and dancing with regulars from local venues.


Of course there are other Tapas Bars in Melbourne but so far I haven’t found one that is close to a true Barcelona experience: casual, warm, fun with amazing food at an affordable price.

This project is about creating a second home for the people of St Kilda and surrounding suburbs. It will be a multi dimensional environment where all the senses are celebrated.

Where will it be?
6 Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
We’re about to sign a lease for a property on St Kilda’s most popular street: Acland St, with lots of indoor and outdoor space. Our designer is ready to create our restaurant’s rustic, traditional concept. We will focus on keeping the restaurant environmentally friendly utilizing recyclable materials. In the morning, the space will be moveable to create a child friendly environment for mothers with children. The venue will be family friendly, catering to all ages.

When will it open?
Estimated opening date is October 2015.

Come home to CASA MAS and be part of this amazing journey now. With your support we can turn this dream into a reality.

How the funds will be used

Venue fit-out – $250k
Start up cost – $100k
Total project  – $350k

Some of my other work

We are a boutique business advisory & development firm that will provide you with the expertise and solutions to ensure you achieve your goals and shape your future. Our team of experts will work with you to develop strategies to improve your business, increase the bottom line and ensure your business and team is set up for a profitable future.

Visit, www.tekamas.com for more information.


Our greatest challenge will be to reach enough people and to gain the funds which will turn the dream of CASA MAS into a reality.

With your pledge we can make this dream come true! Please take the time to share our story across your social media – every donation and every share will bring us closer to the CASA MAS dream.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story and remember “ barriga llena = corazón contento” (A full belly = a happy heart)


10% of the total amount raised will be donated to Sacred Heart Mission.


Sacred Heart Mission has a long history of effectively assisting the most disadvantaged members of our community to rebuild their lives. Since opening the doors in 1982, the Mission has evolved into an innovative organisation, sustained by a deep pool of generosity and support from the community.

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Project Team

Laurent Mas

St Kilda, AU Message

Laurent Mas, is a hands-on Managing Director, focused on people development, business growth, strategy and innovation. He is an enthusiastic leader with a performance-driven management style. Having lived in St Kilda for 9 years, Laurent is a proud Australian citizen and passionate about the St Kilda community.

Sithira Kulasuriya

Melbourne, AU Message

Facebook linked as Sithira Indula

Since March 2015, Sithira has been completing an internship position within the accounting department of TEKAMAS Group while contributing both his marketing and accounting knowledge to successfully launch the CASA MAS crowdfunding campaign.

Contact Information:

Laurent Mas
Sithira Kulasuriya

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