A new 'department store of dining' concept may scream hifalutin street food start-up – and godspeed the day that 'concepts' are put to bed altogether – but the food venues firm Wright & Bell's new project actually sounds pretty slick.
The Kitty Hawk – a 450-cover space located in the multi-million pound River Plate House near London's Finsbury Square, opening 21 November – will be an all-day gastro haven, meticulously curated and with a keen eye on local provenance and carefully-sourced produce and booze (think meats from lauded British butchers and artisanal spirits, among others).
The kitchen's ingredients have been sourced with provenance in mind
The space will include a grill restaurant, coffee shop and patisserie, a cocktail bar and a private dining room, all of which have been designed by Russell Sage. The man behind Dishoom and The Grain Store will be decking out the interiors with bare concrete and timber, copper, marble, blackened steel and stitched-leather seating throughout.
The concept is really one of versatility: The Kitty Hawk has been designed to function as a spot for casual drinks, formal dining, peripatetic working, business lunches and champagne brunches. Mornings will see freshly roasted coffees and homemade cakes and pastries, while in the evening the space will be reconstituted as a wine bar. As we say, versatility abounds.
As does business-savvy optimism; Wright & Bell is planning a further six venues across the City and the West End.