The management team behind Michelin star establishments the Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant are to open a third site, in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, this spring.
The venue will open on the site of the former San Marco Restaurant on Mary's Place on Comely Bank Road.
The pub is set to "complement the local area's vibrant food and drink offering and the team will draw on their culinary flair, expertise and local supplier relationships, to present a warm, family-friendly atmosphere matched with affordable, freshly prepared, home-cooked dishes using the very best local produce".
The third venue from the team's restaurant portfolio is set to open seven days a week and will follow the "From Nature to Plate" philosophy the teams at the Kitchin and Castle Terrace restaurant have become renowned for, but will present a more informal destination than their other venues.
The new offering will see Michelin-starred and Catey Award-winning chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack come together to develop menus of "simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, showcasing their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland". Local beers and drinks menus will also feature heavily at the neighbourhood pub where the front of house will be overseen by restaurateur Michaela Kitchin and food and beverage director Philippe Nublat, who have both played a vital role in the success of the Kitchin and Castle Terrace restaurant.
Alan Goldie, director from The Restaurant Agency, said; "Stockbridge is an area that's thriving and though many local residents will miss San Marco, I know Nino and Franco are pleased to retire and spend more time with their families. The family were involved in the decision to find new tenants and we're all confident the planned offering will bring an exciting new flavour to the area. Run by an award winning, expert team, it will bring a range of outstanding menus, combined with the hospitality expected from a warm and welcoming family pub."
Brothers Franco and Nino from San Marco Restaurant said; "While the decision to close the restaurant after 30 years was not an easy one, we're pleased to be handing over the property to another family run business. With two successful restaurants in the city we're confident they can continue to provide locals and visitors with a new destination to relax with friends and family, and enjoy great fresh food and drink.
"We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support over the years. We take with us many fond memories."
The venue is currently under refurbishment and further details on the new pub are set to be revealed as the team prepare to open the doors in Spring.
By Amanda Afiya
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