Jacob the Angel to open in Neal’s Yard
Zoë and Layo Paskin — the siblings behind The Palomar and The Barbary — will open a an English coffee house in Seven Dials in mid-August. It will sit directly next-door to The Barbary at 16 1⁄2 Neal’s Yard. The site will have only 13 covers: 10 inside and three outside and will serve (Square Mile) coffee, breakfast, lunch and tea but have an emphasis on takeaway. The Palomar — which serves modern Israeli small plates — and The Barbary are both famously difficult to get into. In his pre-restaurateur life, Layo Paskin was one-half of DJ duo Layo & Bushwacka! and co-founder of The End nightclub.
Scott Hallsworth has opened a curious pop-up in Clerkenwell
Freak Scene opened on Friday — a restaurant which markets itself as serving “curious Asian plates.” Hallsworth, who recently sold Kurobuta — the two-site Japanese izakaya — was formerly head chef at Nobu Park Lane. His previous business’ focus on Japanese cuisine makes way for a more undisciplined meander through Asia: Thai red curry of duck leg; chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy; and tuna sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu, jalapeno and wasabi tobiko (roe) curiously all appear on the menu. The pop-up is scheduled to run for three months at 91 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BH.
Mother Pizza Opening
The Battersea Power Station development saw the opening of Mother London on Saturday. The pizzeria — considered to be one of Copenghagen’s best — takes its name from the ‘mother’ or sourdough starter used in the base. Its opens in Circus West Village, the restaurant quarter which will include, later this summer, Duckroad, Wright Bros and Francesco Mazzei’s Fiume.
Jerkmaica is expanding
Gary Bailey, owner of fast-casual Caribbean restaurant Jerkmaica has told Propel he is targeting growth to ten sites in the next two years. Jerkmaica will open a third site — in Finsbury Park — next month, after which he will look at vacancies in Dalston and Stoke Newington as he seeks to grow the chain. Jerkmaica launched in Crouch End in 2004, originally as a fine dining concept, but customer feedback prompted him to change style the following year. In May this year, Bailey opened a site in Angel’s Chapel Market. Finsbury Park will be the biggest of the three restaurants with 50 covers.
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