What: Lucky Cat
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay replaces Maze with an Asian Eating House
Summing it all up: Gordon Ramsay's first new restaurant for years in London will be inspired by 1930s Tokyo drinking dens - it'll take over the spot where Maze was on Grosvenor Square.
It's been a long time since Gordon Ramsay opened a new restaurant in London - five years in fact, with Heddon Street Kitchen. So the news today that he's closing Maze on Grosvenor Square and replacing it with Lucky Cat is a pretty big deal (even for his many detractors).
The new restaurant will be, they say an "authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East."
The news was preceded by a cryptic post on Instagram by Ramsay which simply said: "Something's coming."
The new restaurant takes over from Maze which is closing on 2 February after 14 years. Running the kitchen at Lucky Cat will be Maze's existing executive chef Ben Orpwood. Before Maze he ran the show at Sexy Fish and, prior to that, spent six years at Zuma.
As for the decor, it sounds like they're planning a major overhaul of the space, with the new restaurant not planning to open until summer. They've brought in design studio AfroditiKrassa (who brought us Dishoom) to do the interior honours - and who have also come up with the whole Lucky Cat concept for Gordon.
‘I can’t wait to open the doors at Lucky Cat and bring a new flavour of Asian food and culture to Mayfair. I can honestly say there will not be a bad seat in the house – every table will have a unique view and each guest will come away having experienced something sensational –whether it be the phenomenal menu, the amazing service or the stunning look and feel. maze leaves large shoes for us to fill, but I have no doubt Lucky Cat will more than step up to the plate.’ Gordon Ramsay
More about Lucky Cat
Where is it? 10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP
When does it open? Summer 2019
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