Chef and sommelier duo Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, co-proprietors of the Michelin-starred Texture in London, are set to open a second 28°-50° wine bar and bistro this spring.
The pair, who opened Texture on Portman Square in 2007 and launched the more casual, wine-focused sister restaurant 28°-50° in the City of London in 2010, have taken on a new site in Marylebone.
Scheduled to open at the end of May, the new restaurant on Marylebone Lane will be spread over two floors comprising a 55-cover dining room and 12-seat bar as well as an open kitchen in the basement with a library and space for up to 16 diners.
Like its sister venue, the new restaurant will offer a classic French menu overseen by Sverrisson and head chef Paul Walsh, with the extensive wine list developed by Rousset. General manager Ed Newman will manage the front of house.
Named after the latitudes in which most wine regions are located, 28°-50° will offer an extensive wine list served by the bottle, glass and carafe. Meanwhile, a collector's list will include more expensive vintages of £50 and more.
Rousset told Caterer and Hotelkeeper the menu at the Marylebone restaurant would be more extensive than in the City. "It will offer more choice but will be in the same vein as the original 28°-50° and the focus on wine will be the same," he said.
He added: "There will only ever be one Texture but 28°-50° has really taken off and people have been very receptive towards the idea of it. We're focusing on this new opening and if it works then who knows - we may open another one."
Sverrisson and Rousset met at Raymond Blanc's renowned two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, where Sverrisson was head chef and Rousset worked as head sommelier.
In addition, Rousset is a master sommelier and former winner of the Ruinart Sommelier of the Year, while Sverrisson can brandish a CV listing spells at prestige Michelin-starred restaurants such as Pétrus, Pied à Terre and Léa Linster's Luxembourg restaurant.
By Kerstin Kühn
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