Nose-to-tail bakers announce opening date
St. John’s much-anticipated permanent bakery in Neal’s Yard will open 8am Friday 21 September, promising “a counter laden with *THOSE* doughtnuts.” Obnoxious Instagram emphasis, Eater’s own.
Popular ramen chain goes west
Luxury restaurateur needs some new clothes
Richard Caring — casual dining adventurer felt that he could not sell popular high street chain Bill’s because he “didn’t think it was dressed well enough.” Caring admitted to MCA that he had “a nervous breakdown” when the restaurants were refurbished, because they looked too similar to The Ivy brasseries.
World’s Best Bar contender will pop up in Covent Garden
Lauded Athens bar The Clumsies will be resident at Blind Spot on St. Martin’s Lane from 25 September to 28 September. Clumsy martinis will be on offer: no glasses should be harmed in the process.
London’s hungriest theatre will host Nigella Lawson
The Bridge Theatre will host an evening with Nigella Lawson, 4 November. Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr’s Tower Bridge playhouse also hosts Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s St. John, so the venue couldn’t really be more appropriate.
Jamie Oliver gets his innovation game on
Water-treading chain Jamie’s Italian will introduce click-and-collect to try and further bolster sales from a menu revamp. The Caterer reports that the move is designed to boost lunchtime trade, with the Lunche app the point-of-sale system.
Dan Doherty’s new pub kicks fully into gear
Former Duck and Waffle chef director and soon-to-be New York restaurateur Dan Doherty is now serving a full à la carte menu, brunch, and roasts at his Marylebone pub, The Royal Oak — according to Hot Dinners. Naturally, this means there is ample opportunity to share strong food content. Even if it’s from the PR company he is paying to represent him.
Bookings open for the latest restaurant in the Roux dynasty
Notting Hill restaurant Caractère will be the third Roux generation restaurant, and bookings are now open. Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari’s new project will open 4 October, with dishes based on character traits. Diners can finally define dinner between curious and subtle, or strong and greedy.
Audiophile Dalston restaurant needs even more corners
Kingsland Road mainstay Brilliant Corners is getting even more corners. The bar/restaurant/sound palace is currently being refurbished for expansion, and expected to reopen early October.