Screwdriver, the restaurant and bar named after a tool that grilled literally everything on a plancha, has closed on Ridley Road in Dalston after six months. The restaurant is listed as permanently closed online; an email to its registered address returned the following response:
Screwdriver is closed. This inbox is not being regularly monitored.
Advertising itself as a “plancha grill & stiff drinks,” the restaurant’s approach to food was inspired by the pintxo dishes of the Basque Country, majoring in seafood: house-cured salt cod; scallops with soy; cured wild sea trout. On opening, brothers Alexis and Emmanuel Ross, formerly of Russell Norman’s Polpo and Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company respectively, said that they wanted Screwdriver’s service to be its hallmark:
We want Screwdriver to be somewhere everyone feels welcome. Our calling card is service: we think we can be up there with the very best London has to offer — but in an informal, charming and totally unpretentious fashion.
Eater has contacted the restaurant for further comment. More soon.