Chris and Jeff Galvin, owners of Galvin Restaurants, are to take over the running of food and beverage operation of the five-red-AA-star, 156-bedroom Athenaeum hotel and residences in London.
It will be the first time the brothers will have taken over the entire food and beverage operation at a hotel to include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, room service and events.
They run three hotel restaurants: Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton on Park Lane, the Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh.
The ground floor restaurant and bar at the hotel, which is owned by the Ralph Trustees, are currently closed to undergo a complete refurbishment and will relaunch under the control of the Galvin brothers in May. Meanwhile, breakfast is being served on the first floor of the hotel, while all-day dining is being offered in the Roof Top suite, overlooking Buckingham Palace.
Jeremy Hopkins, general manager at the Athenaeum, described the new partnership as "an exciting move" for the two companies which share the same ethos, values and ambitions.
"The restaurant will be ‘Galvin at the Athenaeum', but as yet the bar is un-christened with six names being considered," he explained. "More news on the design, look and feel from the KKD Partnership will be announced in the coming weeks."
Founded in 2005, Galvin Restaurants today operates a portfolio of seven restaurants. Alongside the three hotel restaurants, the group's other outlets are all in London and include their original restaurant Bistrot de Luxe, in Baker Street, alongside Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Hop, both in Spital Square, and Demoiselle at Harrods. Last year the Galvins announced they were taking over the Green Man pub in Chelmsford, Essex, as the launch pad of the Galvin Pub Co.
The Athenaeum is located within a 1930s Art Deco building which was converted into a hotel by the Rank Organisation in 1971. Under the ownership of the family-run Ralph Trustees since 1992, the hotel has three sister properties: the Grove in Herfordshire, Runnymede Hotel & Spa near Windsor and Greengarden House, serviced apartments, off Oxford Street, London.
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