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David Moore hunts for new Pieds Nus site

05 February 2014 by
David Moore hunts for new Pieds Nus site

Restaurateur David Moore plans to continue with his Pieds Nus restaurant concept, even after the existing pop-up operation closes on 11 March.

Moore, who owns Michelin-starred London restaurants Pied à Terre and L'Autre Pied, opened Pieds Nus in October last year, offering a "less is more" concept, with traditional dishes stripped back to their main components.

Now however, the Blandford Street site, which also previously housed Simon Rogan's Roganic pop-up is to be taken back by landlord, the Portman Estate, which plans to redevelop it.

Moore said he was on the look-out for a new location for Pieds Nus - either another pop-up or a permanent home.

He said he was open to suggestions on where Pieds Nus may open next but is thought to be looking for a site of no more than 50 covers in London, possibly east London, and would also consider the possibility of opening it as part of a hotel's food and beverage offer.

Speaking about the reception Pieds Nus has had since its opening, he said: "It has had an amazing response and everyone loves it. Because it was a pop-up, I decided we couldn't afford to spend money on designers and I did it myself. Had it been a £100,000 premium and £100,000 rent, I would never have done that. So it has given me a real confidence boost."

There is expected to be a gap between the closure of the existing pop-up, run by head chef Ed Dutton, and the opening of its replacement, but Moore predicted that it would remain substantially the same concept, although with a menu that offers more seasonality.

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