As Napoleon once said ‘An army marches on its stomach’. It seems the same holds true for SMEs. Workspace have announced that Mark Hix, celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer, will be opening his latest restaurant, Hixter Bankside, this summer in their latest development, the Metal Box Factory, in SE1. You can see what the site will look like in the image.
The new and growing companies housed in the former Victorian tin box printing factory will soon be gorging themselves on roast chicken and slabs of steak. On the menu: a whole chicken, chips and salad for about £25 and steak starting at £20. On the walls: art by Tim Noble and Sue Webster. They'll also be able to conduct business drinks over martinis and whisky sours in the 3,700 square feet devoted to Mark’s Bar in the basement underneath their very office. Wolf of Wall Street, eat your heart out.
The CEO of Workspace, Jamie Hopkins said this was all part of the ‘dynamic creative environment’ that characterises Workspace properties and ‘one of the most vibrant parts of Central London’. Indeed, the Hix group, which also has restaurants in Soho, Shoreditch and Devonshire Square in the City, should feel at home on Bankside. Like the others, it’s an area with, as Hopkins put it, ‘a potential footfall of 60,000 office workers and a good percentage of the 15 million tourists which flock to London each year.’
The restaurateur, Mark Hix, backed this up: ‘Bankside is a really good location for the second Hixter restaurant: it's a vibrant area that bridges different audiences - those that live and work in the area, and those that are visiting to see some of the great attractions, including Borough Market, Tate Modern and more recently the Shard. It's a really exciting spot. Hixter will be located in Metal Box Factory - a warehouse space that lends itself perfectly to our style of restaurant.’
Hixster will undoubtedly be in good gastronomical company at Workspace. Clerkenwell Kitchens, the organic restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, has long been serving customers in Farrringdon and they have just launched a sister venture in Bethnal Green at Pill Box.
With all these foodie hotspots catering to a hungry army of entrepreneurs, startups and new and growing companies, lunch meetings suddenly got very appealing.