Gary Rhodes will launch a restaurant in the West Country next year, with the opening of Rhodes West in Plymouth.
The Michelin-starred chef plans to open the new restaurant at the city's Dome next summer. It marks a return to the West Country for Rhodes after he closed his restaurants King's Rhodes and Rhodes South in Christchurch, Dorset, in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Rhodes West will comprise a 100-seat bar and brasserie with private dining facilities serving a modern British menu. Located at the 16,000sq ft Dome, it will be the only restaurant at the building overlooking Plymouth Sound.
Commenting on the new launch, Rhodes said: "The opportunity to open a restaurant in Plymouth, especially one in such a superb location, was simply an opportunity not to be missed. I am already starting to put together ideas for the menus which, given the abundance of local and high quality produce, is a genuine delight."
Sarah O'Leary, Plymouth Waterfront manager, added: "Rhodes West will be a huge boost for the waterfront, Plymouth's reputation nationally and the PWP's wider strategy to grow the visitor economy."
Rhodes's arrival in Plymouth will mark the second celebrity chef-led restaurant in the Devon city after Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage, which will open at the Royal William Yard development next month.
Rhodes operates two Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Rhodes 24 in the City and Rhodes W1 at the Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch. He also has two restaurants in Dubai, Mezzanine and Rhodes Twenty10.
By Kerstin Kühn
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