A new, massive steakhouse will open in Soho in November
Sophie’s Steakhouse has announced they will open a new restaurant and bar — Sophie’s Soho — on Soho’s iconic Great Windmill Street, on Wednesday 1 November. Sophie’s Soho will be owners Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power’s third and largest project: a 125-cover all-day dining restaurant, bar, and covered terrace, as well as a 120-cover “high-end” steakhouse, with meats butchered and aged in-house. Next door, a six-seater kiosk with an in-built wood-fired smoker will offer takeaway dishes. At night the space will double as as cocktail bar with a menu dedicated to their “legendary” American-sized 10oz martinis. The original Sophie’s opened in Chelsea in 2002, inspired by the steakhouses of New York City. Their Covent Garden venue recently closed after 9 years of operation. The restaurant is located in the former Moulin Cinema, thought to be one of the oldest in London and famous for the screening of racy 70’s movies and Carry On films.
Another steakhouse, a new appointment
Tom Cook — formerly of D&D London’s Skylon on the Southbank — has been named executive head chef of Smith & Wollensky steakhouse, report Big Hospitality. Cook also previously worked for D&D at Le Pont de la Tour, Tom Aikens Restaurant, as well as at Gary Rhodes’ City Rhodes, with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche and under Eric Chavot at the Capital hotel. US-based Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group first opened in the UK on the Strand in 2015.
Actor Danny DeVito spotted at Meatliquor
The restaurant posted the photo of DeVito, with owner Scott Collins, on Twitter after he apparently enjoyed one of their green chilli cheeseburgers at their Islington branch. It wasn’t his first time, they said.
M Restaurants will open three restaurants in next 18 months
M Restaurants, which last week launched its third venue — M Bar & Grill Twickenham in Brewery Wharf — following a successful £1.8m crowdfunding campaign, have announced they will open three more restaurants in the next three months, report The Caterer. The company, founded by former Gaucho managing director Martin Williams, has two, more formal, restaurants on Threadneedle Street and Victoria Street. Group executive chef Michael Reid told The Caterer that the company hoped to find three more sites for the smaller Bar & Grill format over the next 18 months.
Street food collective Kerb celebrate their fifth anniversary
Two parties, on 20 and 21 October will take place to mark the fifth anniversary of street food collective Kerb. The Evening Standard report that traders will take part in so-called “KERBlaborations” where street food operators will collaborate to create hybrid dishes. Among the many ‘mash-ups’, the “blao” — an collaboration between Bleecker Burger and Bao — might well be the highlight. The two events will take place at Kerb’s King’s Cross location, and feature new additions to the Kerb collective alongside mainstays including Bleecker, Rola Wala and Yum Bun. Tickets cost £5. Parties 5—11pm and will feature DJs and cocktails.