David Gale, whose CV also includes New York’s Soho House, is launching One 88 Kitchen on Bury New Road
It might not look like much yet but this building site in Whitefield is about to become the neighbourhood restaurant we all want on our doorstep.
Chef David Gale – whose CV includes the Hilton, Abode and The Lawn Club in Manchester city centre, as well as top New York hotels Soho House and the Hudson – is venturing out on his own for the first time to launch One 88 Kitchen with old friend Lee Richardson on Bury New Road.
Situated opposite Slattery’s, the self-funded bistro is now beginning to take shape after Gale’s original plans to open a Spinningfields restaurant, named Louie, after his godson – Lee’s son – fell through.
The menu is still under construction too, but we’re told it will centre around modern British cuisine – although don’t expect any fancy six-course tasting options.
“We’re not trying to be the new Aumbry,” said David, namechecking Mary-Ellen McTague’s now-closed fine dining restaurant down the road in Prestwich.
“We’re not pitching it to be in competition with Manchester House or The French. We want it to be a real hub for the neighbourhood.”
The 75-cover venue will feature a family-friendly dining area and a bar downstairs, while up a floating walnut staircase will be a more formal restaurant space, decked out with a glittering crystal chandelier and overlooked by an open kitchen.
“This is a lot bigger project than we thought we were going to take on but it just feels right,” said David.
“We’re putting everything we’ve got into it, it’s our life savings. It’s scary and it’s exciting but we’ve never had any doubt.
“We believed in the area, we believe in the product that we’re going to create and Lee obviously believes in the product that I’ll put on the plate.”
Scheduled to open quietly before Christmas ahead of a proper launch in the new year, One 88 Kitchen is one of a flurry of new openings in Whitefield lately, including a new Mediterranean restaurant, Vine, set to open next door and the newly-rebranded Ivory Bar and Grill (formerly China Lounge) to the other side.