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Gordon Ramsay Finally Announces New Concept for Old Aubergine Site

Ramsay will open a Maze Grill in the space where he famously got his start.

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Shouty chef Gordon Ramsay is returning to his roots with his latest project. Big Hospitality reports Ramsay will open a second location of his steak-and-sushi concept Maze Grill in the London space that once housed Michelin-starred restaurant Aubergine, the spot credited with first garnering Ramsay international attention. The then-26-year-old Ramsay helped open Aubergine in 1993, earning one Michelin star just two years later — by 1997, the restaurant's Michelin ranking was bumped up to two stars. In 1998, Ramsay famously left Aubergine in dramatic fashion, taking much of its staff with him to open up his eponymous restaurant.

Last year, Ramsay surprised many by purchasing the Aubergine site for £1.2 million (which roughly translated to $2 million U.S.). At the time, Ramsay hoped to have a new restaurant operating in the space by summer 2014, but a concept was never finalized until today's Maze Grill announcement. The new restaurant will be known as Maze Grill Park Walk, referencing its street address, and the Ramsay Group hopes to have doors open by April.

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