London-based Scottish restaurant group Boisdale is set to launch a third site in the capital, with the opening of a 12,000sq ft venue in Canary Wharf.
Boisdale, which has outlets in Bishopsgate and Belgravia and also runs the Lamb at Hindon in Salisbury, Wiltshire, will open the new £2.7m venture overlooking Cabot Square next January.
It marks the latest in a series of high-profile restaurant openings in Canary Wharf, including Jamie's Italian, Roka and Wahaca.
Boisdale proprietor Ranald Macdonald told Caterer he had been looking to open a new restaurant for about five years. "We'd been looking at Canary Wharf for a long time as it's a world-class urban development so we're very happy to be opening a new restaurant here," he said.
Spread over two floors, Boisdale Canary Wharf will be designed by Rupert Charles-Owen and accommodate up to 430 guests including 220 seats. It will comprise a main restaurant, four private dining rooms and a caviar and oyster bar as well as a cigar shop and smoking terrace extending over 2,000sq ft.
The venue, which will employ 125 full-time members of staff including a kitchen brigade of around 18 chefs, will offer a wide selection of whisky and ales and will host nightly jazz, blues and soul performances.
Macdonald said: "The offer will be very similar to the other Boisdale restaurants but with diners in Canary Wharf being even more time-focused than the City crowd, we will also offer a selection of burgers and beef sandwiches to take away."
Camille Waxer, vice-president of retail at Canary Wharf Group, added: "Boisdale's launch demonstrates just how far Canary Wharf has come in attracting London's premiere restaurants."
By Kerstin Kühn
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