Des Gunewardena and David Loewi
The D&D group's hugely successful portfolio of restaurants ranges from the Almeida to Orrery, from Le Pont de la Tour to Quaglino’s. But Des Gunewardena and David Loewi know that the business is tough, customers are fickle and their success relies on fresh approaches. In February, look out for the relaunch of Avenue in St. James: all-American style will permeate via Manhattan loft decor, works from new and up-and-coming artists on the walls and contemporary American cooking. Unusual wines are high on the list of 2014 priorities: the Avenue offers Californian Sine Qua Non wines and Washington State’s Cayuse Bionic Frog plus the Coravin wine system, which means you can taste prestigious wines by the glass instead of having to break the bank with the whole bottle.
In tune with our current passion for sharing, the Blueprint Café is now offering a shared roast dinner, while Sartoria is changing its traditional three-course menu to a selection of small Venetian cicchetti-inspired dishes.