Chef Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Group are to open an offshoot of their King's Cross restaurant Grain Store in London Gatwick airport.
Grain Store Cafe & Bar at London Gatwick will feature a completely new, family friendly all-day menu, specially created for airport travellers. It is set to open this autumn in Gatwick's South Terminal.
The menu will feature fresh and organic vegetables, and fish and meat sourced from local British producers. As with Grain Store in King's Cross, here too vegetables will be the star of the show, with a menu based on the principles of seasonality and sustainability.
The new restaurant will have a ‘wholesome' breakfast menu created by Loubet specifically for Grain Store Café & Bar at Gatwick Airport. It also features a bar with innovative cocktails, a wine list and non-alcoholic drinks and smoothies.
Grain Store Café & Bar will focus on speed of service, in line with Gatwick Airport's promise to serve meals within 15 minutes.
The space has been designed by the renowned Russell Sage Studio, which is behind some of London's most iconic restaurants including the Savoy Grill, Quaglino's, and the original Grain Store in King's Cross.
The restaurant will be operated by ARE. ARE is a family-owned business with over 40 years' experience operating food and drink outlets in airports throughout Australia. It was one of the first operators to bring premium dining to Australian airports through partnerships with some of the country's best-known chefs.
Mark Sainsbury of the Zetter Group said: "We are very excited about this new project with ARE and Gatwick. Grain Store really has challenged the orthodoxy that meat and fish should be centre stage; vegetables are the stars of our show, and we are excited to bring Grain Store's award-winning approach to food to new audiences. This is Bruno cooking what he loves best, and now travellers at the airport can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal before flying."
Charlotte Christiansen, business development manager at Gatwick Airport, said: "Gatwick is absolutely thrilled to be Grain Store's first opening following their flagship restaurant in King's Cross. As part of our ongoing transformation of Gatwick's retail and restaurants, we've been working tirelessly to attract brands that reflect what our passengers want and need. This is a perfect example of our work paying off. We're looking forward to welcoming the first passengers through the door and showcasing the renowned cooking talents of Bruno Loubet."
John Butts, Director of ARE (UK) said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Grain Store and Gatwick Airport in this, our first operation in the UK. Grain Store is a unique and groundbreaking concept and we are immensely proud to be bringing this to one of the world's great airports."
The news comes as it emerged that Loubet's pop-up, Grain Store Unleashed, which replaced Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the Zetter hotel in London, would close at the end of this month. A new concept for the restaurant space has yet to be announced.
Loubet launched Grain Store in London's King's Cross in 2013 to critical acclaim. The restaurant won the Menu of the Year award at the 2014 Cateys.
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