London-based restaurant business Salt Yard Group is to open a new venue in the £400m St James’s Market development later this year.
The company, run by Simon Mullins and chef Ben Tish (pictured), currently has four Italian- and Spanish-inspired restaurants: Salt Yard, Dehesa, Ember Yard and Opera Tavern.
The new venture, which is not yet named, will be a new concept and will have space for 110 covers plus a terrace. It is due to open this September.
More information on the name and concept will be released around the end of May.
Salt Yard Group’s restaurant is the second to be confirmed for St James’s Market, after the Nordic Aquavit London, an informal and contemporary version of the two-Michelin-starred New York restaurant.
In total, St James’s Market is creating 210,000 sq ft of new office accommodation, five flagship stores and seven new restaurants.
The project is part of the Crown Estate’s wider £500m investment strategy in its St James’s portfolio, which includes restaurants such as Milos, Chutney Mary, Cicchetti and Café Murano.
Anthea Harries, on behalf of the St James’s Partnership, said: “We’re delighted Salt Yard Group has chosen St James’s Market for its next exciting concept restaurant. Attracting one of London’s leading and most distinctive restaurant groups underlines the success of our vision to attract the best in international dining to this historic part of London, creating a world class destination for business, shoppers and visitors alike.”
Simon Mullins, co-founder, Salt Yard Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the landmark St James’s Market development that will re-establish this iconic part of London as a world class dining, lifestyle and business destination. With its blend of cutting edge architecture, revitalised public spaces and historic surroundings it will create an exciting new destination for locals and tourists to delight in alike.”
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