Chef Nuno Mendes, who is the executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse and runs Portuguese restaurant Taberna do Mercado, is collaborating with Barworks on a project called Mare Street Market. An 8,800 sq ft space on the ground floor of converted warehouse Keltan House, near London Fields, will include a bar, restaurant, mini market, record shop and florist. It will open in the winter of this year.
Barworks run cocktail bar brand 5CC, which has five sites; seven outposts of Diner, as well as the Wenlock & Essex, Exmouth Arms and Electricity Showrooms. In total they operate 28 venues across London. Hackney Council have signed Mare Street Market on a 25-year-lease, according to a report by CoStar.
Nuno Mendes has played a significant role in reshaping ‘fine dining’ in London — having opened Bacchus on Hoxton Street in 2006, creating the Loft Project supper club on Kingsland Road and opening Viajante in Bethnal Green in 2010. Mendes was the first chef with an international profile to consider east London for a restaurant opening. He came to London after having worked at Ferran Adria’s El Bulli at the height of its international renown.
At the start of last year the chef attempted to crowdfund the reopening of Viajante (the original in Bethnal Green Townhall closed in 2014) but failed to meet the target of £1.75m in the timeframe allotted.
Mare Street Market will open next door to Netil House, which houses Michelin-starred restaurant Ellory and has a rooftop bar and pizzeria. Details of Mendes’ restaurant have not yet been disclosed.