Updated 2/1/19 with opening date
In a nutshell: A US chef and a Parisian restaurateur are hoping to make London their new home
Summing it all up: New Orleans chef Slade Rushing has moved to London to open Louie in the old L'atelier de Joel Robuchon site in Covent Garden, joining forces with Parisian powerhouse restaurant group Paris Society.
Now that the new Robuchon restaurant has opened its doors, we were wondering what was going to take over the old L'atelier restaurant site on West Street. Turns out it's going to be Louie.
This is going to be the first London restaurant for Laurent de Gourcuff and his restaurant group Paris Society. The restaurateur is behind the well regarded (and, more crucially, hotter than hot) restaurants like Girafe and Loulou in Paris. Here in London, he's joining forces with Guillaume Glipa who's been instrumental in the opening of London classics like Zuma, Coya and Chiltern Firehouse.
It seems London's long been on Paris Society's radar; "the city of extravagance is full of resources and is not finished surprising."
Louie, which is named after Louis Armstrong (despite the different spelling), will see American chef Slade Rushing running the kitchen. Rushing is a five-time James Beard award nominee (a barometer of American culinary excellence). According to The New Orleans Advocate Rushing says the restaurant will "blend influences of New Orleans, London and Paris through its menu - This is an incredible opportunity I couldn’t pass up," says Rushing.
More about Louie
Where is it? 13-15 West St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE
When does it open? March 2020
Find out more: Follow Slade Rushing on Instagram @pigsexy
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