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In an interview last week, Jeff Bezos talked about the importance of getting eight hours’ sleep a night to the success of his business. The founder of Amazon said, “I think better, I have more energy. My mood is better.” In our industry, where people are often deprived of sleep due to long working hours and the now constant demand to always be contactable, it was a reminder of the importance of wellbeing to achieving a successful business and happy workplace.

Our first Happiness in Hospitality report will be published later this month in the next issue of CODE Quarterly. We look closely at wellbeing in the workplace and the impact of burnout and mental health. If we’re to create a happy, sustainable industry to work in – looking after employees has to be the cornerstone to it.

Have a good week.



New all-day food store Nathalie, from Juan Santa Cruz, sounds like a good fit for Hanover Square – it offers healthy takeaways, an apothecary-style café and drinks from coffee to kombucha. The square, of course, is home to Condé Nast and the ordering-by-app and nutritional labels are very in keeping with the luxe, trend-driven publications and their staff. Nathalie’s staff, meanwhile, will wear lab coats; the opening date is not yet confirmed.

Art Yard

We haven’t heard much about Bankside recently, but now there’s a new all-day restaurant and bar in the area. Art Yard, which opens mid-October, will be on Blackfriars Road and has chef Lee Streeton, ex-45 Jermyn Street, at the helm. It will offer a wide-ranging menu, plus family-style roasts on weekend and plenty of cocktails and is suitably within walking distance of Tate Modern.

Super Tacos

Chris Whitney and Nud Dudhia, coming off a busy summer festival season, have announced the launch of a spin-off from their brand Breddos Tacos. Super Tacos will open later this month in Market Halls Fulham, offering a smaller and more specifically Mexican menu of, yes, tacos. Breddos branches are in Soho, Clerkenwell, Feast Canteen in west London and Swingers in the west end.


Also in Soho, and also with its roots in street food, is Pittabun, which opens at the end of September. The Newburgh Street restaurant, with 40 covers, takes the classic Greek snack pitta sandwiches as its inspiration. The dishes feature slow-cooked meats, Mediterranean salads and fries and breads sourced from Greece. Intriguing are the sweet pittas, featuring such combos as chocolate and sour cherry.


Autumn’s arrival sees a flurry of enticing openings: A Wong’s much anticipated second site, Kym’s, will open officially in Bloomberg Arcade on 2 October; the popular Chick ‘n’ Sours arrives in Islington on 27 September. The Neal’s Yard branch of St. JOHN Bakery will be serving from Friday, and in other baked goods news, Jolene, from the Primeur and Westerns Laundry team, opens tomorrow.

...and closing

Two confirmations, one mystery and one temporary. Vinoteca has closed its Soho branch with immediate effect, and KERB has announced it is leaving Camden Market, which will make a huge difference to the food offering there. Meanwhile, Flavour Bastard remains closed in Soho, but is talking in broad strokes of reopening soon. And having a refurb is the Soho branch of Wright Brothers – it will reopen on 4 October.

Asma Khan

CODE offers its congratulations to Asma Khan – the owner of Darjeeling Express - who has been chosen to be part of the sixth series of the fascinating Netflix series Chef’s Table. She is the first British chef to feature and with an all-female kitchen team, is a brilliant standard bearer and role model for the industry.

Rohit Ghai

The chef Rohit Ghai has given the details of his first solo venture, Kutir. It will open in Chelsea this November. Ghai is notable for his work at Gymkhana, opening Bombay Bustle and for winning a Michelin star at Jamavar. Kutir is a joint venture between Ghai and Abhi Sangwan and will focus on Indian cuisine of the royal tradition.

Oli Williamson

Congratulations to Oli Williamson, who has been appointed head chef at The Clove Club. He joins from Benu in San Francisco and before that was at Midsummer House. Clove Club's Isaac McHale made the announcement on Instagram, noting that they would be working together to "raise things up". 

Bo Bech

The chef, whose Copenhagen restaurant Geist is widely lauded, is in London on Wednesday to cook with Claude Bosi for a special dinner at Bibendum. In addition, he will soon launch his self-published book In My Blood – an unusual collection of recipes but also sketches and thoughts. 

Wine Manager & Front Of House, BRAT

Tomos Parry has opened BRAT, in Shoreditch, and we are seeking talented Front of House staff to join our team.

Originally a colloquial term for ‘Turbot’, BRAT draws on Tomos’s Welsh heritage and influence from the Basque region of Northern Spain, with a menu favouring seasonal native British produce, cooked on an open fire wood grill in an open kitchen.

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New Opening, Sushisamba Covent Garden

SUSHISAMBA® is a worldwide fast paced, fine-dining operation, offering the most superior blend of Japanese, Brazilian & Peruvian cuisine in locations like Miami, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, London Liverpool Street and London Covent Garden this October.

We are hiring for a number of positions across both back of house and front of house

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To Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia hotel on Tuesday night for a dinner to launch the new restaurant. The Dumbwaiter was a little confused as to why the menu has a small paw print on it. It turns out it’s that of Georgie, Kerridge’s old boxer dog, who left the print in wet concrete outside the Hand and Flowers kitchen. Cute.

Corbin & King have announced the name of their next restaurant that will open in early 2019. Soutine in St John’s Wood is named not after a vintage car - like the Wolseley, the Delaunay and Zédel – but instead after a painter who, in particular, painted a lot of food and chefs.

What do you do when your mate opens his first London restaurant? In Scott Collins’s case, it was to send round a load of MEATliquor burgers to Tom Kerridge and his kitchen team at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the end of their shift on Saturday night.

From Peckham to Portugal. Click here for The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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