A surprise unplanned and delightful lunch at Salsify at The Roundhouse on Friday generated some surprise information from staff of the restaurant, based on questions I posed, hearing rumours about further plans for the restaurant.
Salsify at The Roundhouse is no longer part of the LDR Group, the name for Chef Luke’s collection of restaurants, exiting the Group since the end of last year the Salsify staff told us proactively. Chef Ryan Cole heads up the restaurant, retaining the same three backers who helped start the restaurant with Chef Luke almost three years ago.
A surprise is that Salsify is still listed on the LDR Group website. When I queried the staff about this, I was told that an announcement about the independence of Salsify would be made shortly.
Based on a reliable rumour, we asked about Chef Ryan’s involvement in a new restaurant forming part of a revitalized Shimmy Beach Club, to change its name, to continue offering a beach club, with the new restaurant (but not to be branded Salsify), a music recording studio, and more. This project is said to open at the end of this year, we were told at Salsify.
As Chef Ryan was not at the restaurant on Friday afternoon, I asked him some questions via Direct Message on Instagram. They were:
Chef Ryan was extremely guarded in his reply, not as sharing as his staff was to us at Salsify on Friday, but he did not deny any of the developments:
Chef Luke is rumoured to be operating in the Middle East at the moment. Interesting is two developments in his LDR Group:
- The Shortmarket Club is ‘ Indefinitely closed’ according to its website yet is still listed on the LDR Group website. The restaurant was the first to close down permanently just after Lockdown started at the end of March 2020, then reopened in December last year, and now has closed down permanently again!
- In The Shortmarket Club space he has set up The Test Kitchen Fledgelings, serving Beef, Chicken, and Vegetarian Burgers on Fridays only!
Is Chef Luke leaving our country permanently? Is The Pot Luck Club the next to be closed? From owning the most restaurants at one stage, he is down to only two restaurants : The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club, the website not providing an honest picture of his restaurant stable! These are questions I would like to know the answers to.
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