Smith & Wollensky has appointed Nathan Evans as its new operations director ahead of its first UK opening.
Evans will oversee the launch of Smith & Wollensky London, opening on the Strand this June.
He will be responsible for all operational aspects of the business including acting general manager during the opening phase of the London site, creating a satellite office in the UK, the hiring of all staff and overseeing day-to-day duties.
He will also be responsible for developing the Smith & Wollensky formula for the UK market without diluting what has made it a success in the US.
Evans was previously deputy managing director and business development director for the Boisdale Group and helped to launch its Canary Wharf site.
He has also worked as a senior manager at Davy's of London and as operations consultant for Foxy Roast & Grill in Hove.
Evans said: "I first ate at a Smith & Wollensky restaurant in the late nineties and fell in love with it like so many others before me. Despite the other operators that have entered the London market since, I have never been more certain that the brand will succeed. Quality runs through everything that Smith & Wollenksy does, from the dry-aging and butchering of USDA prime beef on-site to the incredible wine lists. Centered around Martin Brudinski's stunning design, the interior will compliment both the recognisable S&W brand elements while paying homage to the capital's rich history. With some of the best cocktails in the city and our legendary hospitality, there simply won't be a better place to enjoy a great steak in London. I can't wait to throw open the doors!"
Michael Feighery, CEO and president of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group (SWRG), said: "We're hugely excited to have someone as talented and passionate join our team. As we welcome Nathan on board, his experience and respect for the company provides Smith & Wollensky with a true ambasssador to guide us through this exciting opportunity. He's a great asset who will ensure Smith & Wollensky London is everything diners expect it to be, and more."
SWRG has 10 sites in the US, including New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. The new restaurant in London will be the group's first outside of the US.