American chef Todd English is preparing to launch two new outlets in the UAE – one in Abu Dhabi’s new airport extension, and the second in Dubai Mall.
Located in the AED 10.8 billion Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, English will open a pub modelled on Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas, but with a market element.
Speaking to Catering News Middle East during a recent visit to Dubai, English said: “We have signed a deal to do a market and pub in the new Abu Dhabi airport terminal. It’s a pub and market; we’re hoping that it will open when the airport opens, which would be late 2017.”
A second project to be located in The Dubai Mall extension, will be a food hall, similar to the chef’s New York venue, The Todd English Food Hall, a European-inspired specialty outlet offering fresh, prepared, and gourmet foods.
Covering 12,000ft2, the food hall will feature a large terrace and is expected to open at the end of 2017 in line with the launch of The Dubai Mall extension.
English commented: “We have a lot of selections covering an international spectrum of food. Everything is made in-house, so it feels very much like a market.
Todd English’s Middle East portfolio comprises Olives in Abu Dhabi, two Figs franchises in Kuwait, in addition to his two new UAE venues.
The chef also has international venues in the Bahamas, the Philippines, and is looking at projects in China.