In addition to our weekly digital Bulletin, here we round up this quarter’s biggest news in the global restaurant and hotel scene. By Amy Tighe.
Kerridge at Corinthia
It had been announced that Tom Kerridge was to
open at the Rib Room at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower
but plans quietly changed and 2018 will now see the
Marlow chef open his first London restaurant at the five-star
Corinthia hotel. The current operation, Massimo
Restaurant & Bar, will close this summer with David
Collins Studio drafted in to set the scene for Kerridge’s
relaxed, British brasserie dining, opening in September.
London’s food hall scene is set to be transformed this
year with a series of openings from Market Halls. With
Pitt Cue’s Simon Anderson at the helm as director
of restaurants and operations, the aim is to create
permanent community-dining hubs in locations of
historical or architectural interest. Spring brings the
first opening, in the Edwardian ticket hall of Fulham
Broadway tube station, before Victoria’s Terminus Place
debut in summer and the UK’s largest food hall yet
opening in the former BHS building on Oxford Street
later in the year.
Bloomberg Arcade already boasts a lineup of Koya,
Caravan, Bleecker Burger and Homeslice and will be
joined in May by Brigadiers, the new restaurant from
JKS. Recreating the convivial nature of Indian mess
halls, there will be live sport, pool, low-alcohol drinks,
and a dedicated shoe-shiner. A little later in the summer
– most likely July – they’ll be joined by Andrew Wong
with his premium casual second site that promises a
faster and less intricate dining style than his eponymous,
Michelin-starred Victoria restaurant.
Ex-Kitty Fisher’s head chef Tomos Parry will open
his debut restaurant, Brat, this March in the space
above Smoking Goat Shoreditch on Redchurch Street.
Influenced by Parry’s Welsh heritage and a trip to the
Basque coastal town of Getaria the menu will serve a
fish-forward menu cooked on an open wood fire at the
center of the dining room. Keeling Andrew & Co – a
new wine import business from the founders of Noble
Rot – will have a hand in the sherry-focused wine list.
It has been announced that three more Pig hotels - or
rather ‘restaurants with rooms’ - will open over the next
two years: The Pig at Bridge Place near Canterbury will
be first, followed by conversions of two Grade II-listed
buildings in Arundel and Padstow, with interiors by Judy
Hutson. As with the rest of the litter, the menu is dictated
by what’s good that day on the hotel’s farms, with many
of the kitchen staff doubling as foragers and gardeners.
Chef, restaurateur and serial crowd-funder Gary
Usher is to add two new restaurants to his Elite
Bistros empire in 2018. The first, Pinion, will take the
site of a former Betfred shop on Prescot high street
and hopes to be part of the community’s plan to
regenerate the area. Details of the second new opening,
Kala, in Manchester city centre are still under wraps
but rumour has it the site will be on King Street.
Craft beer lovers – rejoice! Enjoy BrewDog Punk IPA on
tap in the comfort of your hotel room, or if you prefer,
grab a cold one from the built-in fridge in your shower,
or stroll down for a tour of the brewery. Due to open
in early 2019 in northeast Aberdeenshire, DogHouse
Ellon will have 26 rooms overlooking their brewery and
will sport the same industrial, post-apocalyptic punk
aesthetic synonymous with the BrewDog brand.
Spuntino taking off
Things are taking off for the Spuntino brand with news
that Polpo founders Russell Norman and Richard
Beatty have signed a deal with airport operators TRG
Concessions. The franchise agreement will see the smallplates
format adapt to the airport audience with the
addition of breakfast, takeaway and on-board options
(think bottled negronis), whilst retaining the look and
feel of the original Soho restaurant. The number of
sites and location details are yet to be announced.
Rest of the world
A floral fantasy world, Dear Lilly is designer Ashley
Sutton’s latest creation, and another collaboration with
Dining Concepts, the fastest-growing hospitality group
in Hong Kong. It’s definitely not a place for hay fever
sufferers as flowers are hung dreamily from the ceiling by
kinetics, draped over staff and artfully stuffed into vintage
perfume bottles, recreating the feel of reading a love
letter at a Parisian flower market. There are rumours of
a new Dining Concepts bar opening in the 19th century
Central Police Station, named Dragonfly.
It seems that Gjelina’s new NoHo site will be bringing
their New American cuisine and Gjusta-baked delights
to the Manhattan masses. There’s been some to and fro
since the project was first announced in 2016, but is now
touted for a spring opening. A lot of the details are still
shrouded in mystery, but it seems that the new Gjelina
will be a twin of its LA sister, with a similar menu on
offer. Expect beautiful Manhattanites photographing
their vegetable-focused dishes in a minimalist setting.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Feast your eyes skyward upon the new behemoth of
Midtown Hibiya: designed by UK-based Hopkins
Architects, the 35-storey building comprises 60 shops
and restaurants with office space and a whopping 2,300
seat cinema. Fresh from Paris and New York, Buvette
are opening their third site here, and eminent Ginza
cocktail bar Star Bar will be operating from their second
site. There’ll be plenty of homegrown talent too, with a
high-class dining room from ex-Hyotei chef Yoshihiro
Takahashi, serving dim sum and kaiseki, and a second
Morceau for acclaimed chef Sakura Akimoto.
Wilkins will be opening her first solo venture this spring
in San Diego. The modern Mexican restaurant will
comprise 100 covers on an outdoor patio with five seats
at a chef ’s counter offering a more experimental tasting
menu. Inspired by her restaurateur aunt, Zepeda-
Wilkins hopes to smash the ‘patriarchy of cuisine’ and
will work with a predominantly female team.
This article was first published in Issue 14 of CODE Quarterly.