Having conquered New York and numerous other cities, prolific French chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten is now setting his sights on London. According to Bloomberg, the force behind Spice Market, ABC Kitchen, and more than two dozen other restaurants across the globe will open a new casual spot in the English capital next year.
The chef tells Bloomberg it will be “a neighborhood place,” but don’t think that translates into inexpensive: The as-yet-unnamed project will be located inside The Connaught, a five-star luxury hotel in the West End’s exclusive (read: hyper-expensive) Mayfair district.
As Bloomberg reports, it’s not Vongerichten’s first foray into London. He’s opened and closed a number of restaurants there over the years, but says he believes the dining scene “is more like New York now” — a city where he’s had immense success: The chef currently operates a whopping 10 restaurants there including the three-Michelin-starred fine dining haven Jean-Georges. He also has outlets in Vegas, Dubai, Miami, Hong Kong, and a handful of other major cities.
Other chefs who have recently expanded into London include Cronut™ inventor Dominique Ansel, who debuted his London outpost last month to a lengthy queue, and Madrid’s David Muñoz, who’s set to open a second location of his two-Michelin-starred experimental tapas restaurant StreetXO in Mayfair at the end of October.