The team behind Shoreditch’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The Clove Club, have revealed to Eater that they will open a third restaurant, their second in the east London neighbourhood, and third in London. Two Lights, which will be led by the Clove Club’s current head chef Chase Lovecky, will replace the Italian restaurant Amici Mei, on Kingsland Road, opening in September.
Two Lights, named after the State Park in Maine, Lovecky’s home, is the American chef’s first solo debut.
Lovecky — a Jean-Georges and Momofukus Ko and Seiobo alumnus who has been head chef at the The Clove Club for three years (since Tim Spedding left) — describes the new site as “a small restaurant serving creative and delicious food inspired by modern American cuisine.”
The menu will include dishes such as Hereford beef tartare and togarashi; lemon sole, charred tomatoes, and seaweed; and grilled mackerel, cherries, and black olives.
The Clove Club — a restaurant born out of a supper club in Dalston, and a subsequent series of pop-ups and residencies — opened in Shoreditch Town Hall in 2013, following one of London’s first high-profile crowdfunding campaigns. It is owned by chef Isaac McHale, and joint front-of-house team Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith. The restaurant has drawn extraordinary praise, not just domestically, but across the globe — winning its first Michelin star in 2014, and making an appearance in the controversial World’s 50 Best list in 2016; for the past two years, it has been that index’s highest placed U.K. restaurant, this year coming in at number 33, dropping seven places from the previous year.
In November 2016, the trio opened a second — “British-Italian” — restaurant called Luca on St. John Street in Clerkenwell.
Two Lights, “a neighbourhood restaurant” is another feather in the trio’s cap, bringing in a new partner for what will be among the most hotly anticipated restaurant openings of the year.