Caprice Holdings have announced that Granary Square Brasserie — a new 250-cover restaurant brand from the Ivy Collection division of the company — will open to the public in time for Christmas (and party season) on Wednesday 6 December. Caprice Holdings confirmed their acquisition of the site after Bruno Loubet announced the closure of his restaurant Grain Store in July. The vast space will include a lounge and a 14-cover bar area as well as 110-seater restaurant space.
Entering into what the operators say is “one of London’s most innovative and exciting regeneration zones,” Granary Square Brasserie “will redefine all-day dining for residents and visitors alike, offering a welcoming place to meet, hang out, eat and drink, any time of the day, seven days a week.” New for the area is a resident DJ who will play each evening.
A peripatetic menu will combine modern British brasserie style cooking with the kind of popular, clubby dishes found in all-day restaurants on the American east and west coasts. Breakfast will include, for example, a classic eggs benedict but also gluten-free granola, and other nods to wellness — such as “The Power Up,” a juice blend of wheatgrass, pineapple, papaya and orange.
At lunch: a steak sandwich with a Burgundy sauce dip; shrimp and scallop burger, smoked salmon and crab; and an HLT!!! (halloumi! lettuce! and tomato!)
Dinner will include familiar, fusion-y assemblies, such as calamari with wasabi mayo, lime & chilli; Thai-spiced mussels with chilli and grilled lime. Or a classic fish pie; slow-roast lamb shoulder with roasted vegetables and and emphasis on steaks, including a cote de boeuf. Puddings will include a warm cappuccino cake and lemon meringue Alaska.
Noting that companies such as The Guardian, the University of Central Saint Martins and Google all operate in the King’s Cross area, a relaxed 37-cover lounge area has been designed to be used for meetings. Guests are also invited to use the space outside of usual dining times with both a cream tea and coffee and cake menu available throughout the day.
Next-door kings-of-brunch, Caravan might note a new type of competition as weekend brunch will run until 4pm, encouraging (as well as eggs, avocado, Bloody Marys et al) champagne and wine and live DJs throughout the day. The 73-seater outside terrace overlooking Granary Square’s fountains and the Regent’s Canal aims to lure “lovers of ‘al fresco’ dining.”