[Updated 15/5/2013 with opening date]
The King's Cross food revolution continues, with yet another high profile restaurant arriving on Granary Square, joining Caravan.
Bruno Loubet has been planning his second restaurant for a while, and we've been featuring it on our Coming Soon page for many months. He's now announced that his second restaurant will be opening on Granary Square in June 2013. Bruno himself will be dividing his time between the new restaurant, called Grain Store, and the original Bistrot in Clerkenwell.
His King's Cross place will be more of an informal restaurant than Bistro Bruno Loubet (still one of our personal favourite restaurants in London) and he'll regularly be inviting guest chefs to cook alongside him as well as running cocktail and cookery classes.
An interview with Forbes stressed this informal feel and he tells them that he's considering moving the starter and dessert stations into the dining area with chefs occasionally serving the food. He told them "I want to have a cold room where you see vegetables from the farm, the most beautiful things. Like a display…. Make it very open and different and break the rules. At the end of the day be good and honest.”
Menu wise, Grain Store will cover cuisine from all over the world, focusing strongly on vegetables as he promised in the past. Bruno now reiterates "I have always had a passion for vegetables, and love tending my own little garden at home. While we will not be a ‘vegetarian’ restaurant, there is so much cooking scope with vegetables that I am looking forward to exploring at Granary Square.”
Takeaway will also be available with a "Corner Counter" selling salads and soups, pastries, quiches and pastries to lucky students and office workers nearby.
On the drinks front, Bruno will once again be teaming up with Tony Conigliaro who he worked with at the Zetter Townhouse.
The new restaurant will be in the same building as the St Martin’s College of Art & Design (as is Caravan), just next to the Regent's Canal. It's being designed by Russell Sage - who was also behind both Bistro Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Townhouse, as well as putting in some impressive work at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen and The Balcon. The restaurant will seat 80, with 40 seats in the bar and a massive 100 seats available outside on Granary Square (UK weather permitting...)
Grain Store opens at 1-3 Stable Street, Granary Square, London N1C 4AB on 10 June 2013 and will be open for lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday.