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UK Restaurant Group Readies NYC Debut

UK-based restaurant Group D&D London, which Related Companies announced as a Time Warner Center tenant last September, will open there in an 11,000-square-foot space next month. To be known as Bluebird London, the eatery will be D&D’s first in the U.S., to be followed in 2019 by an as-yet unnamed concept at Related’s Hudson Yards.

D&D has opened more than 30 restaurants in its namesake city since its launch in 2006. It has also branched out to Paris and Tokyo. Despite this track record, and annual revenues of nearly US$200 million, opening in New York will represent its biggest challenge to date, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“We are not coming in unaware that a lot of people come in and don’t succeed,” D&D Chief Executive Des Gunewardena told the WSJ. However, the WSJ reported that D&D is regarded as the U.K. equivalent of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

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