The crowdfunding campaign behind the third Dandy site – a collaboration between restaurateur Matt Wells and chef Dan Wilson – has achieved 65% of its £75,000 target within 24 hours of launch.
The original Dandy was opened by Wilson in London Fields in 2015. The campaign is seeking to raise funds for a new permanent restaurant site following the closure of a semi-permanent Newington Green location in late 2017.
The latest incarnation of Dandy is set to open at 35 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, in 2019, in what was previously home to Monmouth Coffee.
Serial restaurateur Wells – who co-founded The Dairy in and Counter Culture with Robin and Sarah Gill, created Knife Steakhouse, and also recently backed 24 The Oval – is behind the new venture.
He commented: “Bermondsey is an incredible lively hub, buzzing with innovation and creativity. It offers both established restaurants and new concepts and is the ideal spot for Dan’s seasonally-driven, comforting dishes.
“We’re dedicated to great beer so it seemed the perfect fit, and we’ll be making the most of our location on the ‘beer mile’ by partnering with our neighbouring brewers, with fledgeling plans to open our own in late 2019.”
Led by Wilson, the new venue will feature a 10-metre open kitchen and bar serving a British seasonal menu inspired by European and British culture alongside local beers and an all-natural wine list.
He added: “Dandy the original was in a driveway in London Fields. It was bootleg and it was beautiful, but it was always a temporary spot. The journey to Dandy ‘3.0’ has been an incredible one. I can’t wait to bring that original Dandy spirit to London Bridge and finally open the doors to a permanent site.”