The entrepreneurs behind a new Chelsea bar and restaurant called Eighty Six have recruited Mark Broadbent, former executive chef at Bluebird.
Broadbent will be tasked with creating a variety of modern European menus for the various dining areas in the restaurant.
Eighty Six, which is set to open in mid-November, will occupy the former site of the Cactus Blue bar.
It will be the third business venture for George Adams, who has opened Kukui in both Oxford and Bournemouth, and Coco Club in Verbier. Adams is joined by business partner Charlie Kearns, who will be general manager and who will also contribute to the wine offering, thanks to his family's background in the wine trade.
Design practice ‘design LSM', which created the interiors at Galvin La Chapelle, has been commissioned for the project in the Georgian townhouse it occupies. It plans to combinine the existing industrial metal staircase linking the three floors with Art Deco-inspired elements including burnished gold wooden panelling, antique mirrored tiles and mosaic floors.
The ground floor will trade as the bar/restaurant with more emphasis on dining during the day.
Kearns has compiled a range of wines from around the world, mainly buying direct from the producers and chateaux, and also wines from well-known producers such as Maison Latour, David Hohnen, Chateau Musar and of course Grand Marques Champagne.
From 7pm the first floor gallery restaurant with a capacity of 55 will open, offering a full dinner service. Guests entertaining on this elevated platform will be able to survey the bar below.
Eighty Six will also have a private dining room on the third floor, hosting groups of up to 35 guests to dine or 60 for a cocktail party.
By Neil Gerrard
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