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New restaurant in pipeline for Joel Kissin

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Joel Kissin is set to open a new restaurant in London by the end of the summer.

The venue has been named Boulestin and will take over the former site of L’Oranger in St James’s in Westminster, Caterer and Hotelkeeper reports.

New catering equipment has been installed at the 60-seat bistro, which will serve classic French food. It also contains the 30-seat Cafe Marcel, which will offer a more casual menu and a 36-seat private dining room.

Average spend in the restaurant will be around £55, while a typical meal in the cafe is expected to cost close to £30.

Mr Kissin already possesse] a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked with Sir Terence Conran's restaurant chain for 15 years. Conran Restaurants has several outlets in London and around the word, such as Quaglino's, Pont De La Tour and Mezzo.

He left the company in 2001 having helped it develop from just one outlet in 1987 and moved to New York, where he established Guastavino’s.

Mr Kissin said his new venue is heavily inspired by the philosophy and work of French chef and restaurateur Marcel Boulestin, who opened the renowned Restaurant Boulestin in Covent Garden in 1927.

“It’s inspired so much by Boulestin, the man’s books and ethos of food.

“We will serve classic French dishes that are a lot more bistro style than high-end brasserie style. This will set us apart from so many other French brasseries that have recently opened in London," Mr Kissin stated.

Another venue set to open in the capital is Oblix at the Shard. The venue is being launched by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney and is expected to open its doors in May.

It will be divided into a 100-seat restaurant and 100-cover lounge bar, which will host live entertainment.

The menu will replicate a New York grill and will include slow-roast meat joints from a spit roast, as well as dishes from a charcoal grill and pizzas and breads from a wood-fired oven.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801567384-ADNFCR

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