Top London chef Chantelle Nicholson will open a “hyper-seasonal” pop-up in Hackney. Called All’s Well — with the implication that things will end well too — it will run for at least three months at 171 Mare Street, the former site of vegan speciality cafe and wine bar Squeg and Bonez.
Nicholson says that the project is designed to “preserve jobs, morale & positivity,” with her Covent Garden restaurant Tredwells currently proving “hard work” in a city largely devoid of office workers and tourists. Nicholson announced her sole ownership of the restaurant she formerly ran in partnership with Marcus Wareing in July, revealing she had in fact been sole owner for two years without explaining such a long interim period. She also announced plans to eventually migrate Tredwells itself to larger, multi-functional neighbourhood space.
For now she has a smaller, uni-functional neighbourhood space in which to cook the likes of marinated carrots with cashew cream and carrot top relish; and smashed Mayan Twilight potatoes with aioli and sambal. Opening an entire new site in a city whose Mayor could subject it to more stringent COVID-19 restrictions within weeks could prove a gamble, but the “pop-up” element may leaven the risk.
More soon on a precise opening date.