There is only one step from dream to reality! Tuba is the perfect example of that. A childhood dream, that of Greg Gassa and Fabrice Denizot, has become the dream of adults: a fisherman’s cottage turned into a festive retreat where friends can meet. For this first joint project, the two natives of the Phocaean city had the incredible opportunity to invest in a building just a stone’s throw from the village of Les Goudes. A somewhat tired diving club that in the past has seen Jacques Maillol and Falco, whose rehabilitation the duo hastened to entrust to their long-time accomplice, the interior architect and designer Marion Mailaender. Expert hands, combined with a wild imagination and energy. A common vision, that of simplicity, confirmed by a unique geography and a wild nature steeped in history. A dream come true for this dilapidated building. Now transformed into an immaculate restaurant and bar with a few ship cabin-style rooms, Tuba embodies the essence of the summer spirit. An establishment with a free and joyful atmosphere that recalls the customs of the Marseille of its founders’ childhood – that of the 1980s-1990s – but also those of their friends and families, who came in turn to contribute in their own way to the building. Delphine André, architect DPLG, Emmanuelle Luciani and the artists of the Pavillon Southway, Thomas Mailaender (husband of), Laetitia Toulouse and the MEWS agency: so many good people who have taken an interest in Tuba, its mottled rooms and its lime walls, which are ideally integrated into the surrounding landscape. One point – respect for the environment – is more important to the two founders than anything else. Because if Tuba combines gastronomic and visual pleasure, eco-responsibility is not forgotten because of the close relationship the boys have with the sea. A cause that is dear to their hearts and for which they do not hesitate to get involved in order to make their customers as aware of the issues as possible.
Tuba – Cabanons and restaurant. 2, boulevard Alexandre Delabre – 13008 Marseille. Reservations by phone on 09 66 95 13 16 from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 12pm and from 5pm to 7pm.
Photography: Valerio Geraci – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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