St John to open its first restaurant outside of London – in Los Angeles, America

Iconic London restaurant St John, which introduced an unsuspecting world to the gospel of ‘nose-to-tail dining’, is to open in Los Angeles, USA, in October.

Hitherto a profound statement of UK culinary identity, it will be interesting to see whether it becomes a branch of the native Californian food culture, or is rather a Brit import ‘Monty Python’ style.

St. John Los Angeles – the first, ever, outside of London – will open in the Platform shopping center in Culver City in mid-October 2020, co-founder Trevor Gulliver said.

Last week, Gulliver told the LA Times he and Henderson had chosen the city “perversely, because it’s what you can do with the fresh produce.”

There have been American rumours in the past. Gulliver said the restaurant came “close” to doing something with the Astor building in New York – but it is LA the flag will fly.

Leading the expansion, which has been three years in the making, will be St John Smithfield head chef Jonathan Woolway. The restaurant will be situated at the Platform development, which features a number of other high profile American restaurants.

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