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David Carter to open Smokestak in east London

20 September 2016 by

Former Roka general manager David Carter is to open his first permanent Smokestak site in London's Shoreditch in early November.

A regular on street food sites since 2013, Smokestak has specialised in barbecue staples such as USDA brisket, pork and beef ribs.

At this new 75-cover site, with a basement bar, Carter plans to create new dishes including smoked girolles and beef dripping toast; crispy beef shin and anchovy mayo; and coal-roasted sweet potato, smoked ricotta and bacon.

The restaurant has been designed by architecture studios Box-9 and Red Deern to echo the inside of the smoker, with black carbon stained concrete walls accompanied by steel panelling and old workshop furnishings. A wood burning smoker will be in the centre of the restaurant alongside a two metre wide charcoal grill.

Carter has held management positions at Four Seasons Los Angeles and worked as assistant manager at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. More recently he worked on the re-opening of the Savoy Grill before taking on the general manager role at Roka in London.

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