Struggling steak chain exits administration
Gaucho has been brought out of administration by newly formed Lomo Bidco, formalising an exit via Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA.) Former chief executive Martin Williams, who is assisting with arrangements, had said this week that the Argentine beef restaurant “had become a caricature of itself.” Williams intends to restore character by basing things on plants and throwing out the signature cowhide chairs.
Basing things on plants: The latest
Stem and Glory (Stem + Glory) will take on a first London location for its plant-based cuisine, as reported by Eater in August. The Cambridge vegan restaurant will open on the new Bart’s Square development close to the Barbican, as reported by Big Hospitality.
Basing things on plants: With London’s most adored restaurant toiletries
Aesop — London’s — and the world’s — most fancy restaurant hand soap — will host its next dinner with plant-based studio/restaurant, Plates. The Hoxton restaurant, founded on chef-owner Kirk Haworth’s culinary recovery from Lyme disease, will partner with Aesop to showcase “an array of resilient, cold-weather ingredients.” Previous dinners in the brand’s series have featured lauded former Clove Club and P. Franco chef Tim Spedding, and fellow P. Franco resident William Gleave. Reserve Aesop x Plates here.
Popular chef will launch residency at new east London all-day pyramid
Dan Wilson, the co-founder of much-loved Dandy with Andrew Leitch, will take on an evening residency at Spitalfields’ small plates and natural wine glass pyramid, Crispin. Expect dishes including tempura Alexander leaf — one from Dandy — tagliatelle in roast drippings with hazelnuts, and milk ice cream with rhubarb sugar and cider granita. Starts 30 October, running Tuesday through Saturday until 10 November.