Related Companies is bringing one of London’s highest-profile dining companies to New York for its stateside debut.
D&D London, which has grown to more than 30 restaurants since its launch in 2006, will open a new restaurant next month at the Shops at Columbus Circle, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The new spot, called Bluebird London, will be modeled after similar restaurants in London as a British-inspired brasserie. The company will also open a yet-to-be-named restaurant at Hudson Yards in 2019.
Officials from D&D said it will cost about $20 million to get the two up and running.
“We are not coming in unaware that lot of people come in and don’t succeed,” Des Gunewardena, D&D London’s chairman and chief executive, told the newspaper.
Some restaurant industry insiders have described D&D London as the Union Square Hospitality Group of Britain.
Related played a large part in pursuing the company. Related vice president Kevin Stuessi said the 11,000-square-foot Bluebird London space “can be a special occasion place, but it can also be your everyday lunch or weekly dinner destination.” [WSJ] — Rich Bockmann