Partnership launches Rogue
Kained and Greene King unite in pub dining venture
New venture: Kained directors Mo Clark, Graham Suttle & Scott Arnot
Bar and restaurant group Kained Holdings has joined forces with Greene King to form The Nomad Group which will open its first venue in St Andrews next week.
It the second time the Glasgow-based pub retailer has entered into a 50/50 partnership with another operator.
Flagship venue Rogue will open in the former Drouthy Neebors site in St Andrews on 6 April.
Greene King has invested six figures in the outlet which will feature a new bar, full 60 cover restaurant seating, a private dining room and the ‘Still Room’ which will produce Felons gin in full view of customers. The opening will create 18 jobs.
Founded in 2007, Kained Holdings operates seven outlets across Glasgow and Edinburgh including Porter & Rye, Lebowskis and The Finnieston.
Greene King has 3,000 pubs across the UK. The Nomad Group will supply Felons gin to 50 additional Greene King outlets across the UK with plans to increase distribution throughout 2018.
Graham Suttle, director of Kained Holdings, said: “There’s a plethora of incredible local suppliers with whom we’re delighted to be working with for our outstanding produce, which we will be innovating as much as possible to get the best out of everything.”
Local produce provides the foundation of the food menu with Minick’s of St Andrews, David Lowrie in St Monans and Raith Fruit appointed to supply meat, fish and fresh produce.
Fraser Barrett joins as head distiller from the Glasgow Distillery and David Lilley joins as head chef. The 28-year-old has learned from the country’s leading chefs including Geoffrey Smeddle and David Littlewood.
Greene King’s partnership with Kained follows its collaboration with chef Tom Kerridge to launch the Butcher’s Tap in Buckinghamshire last year. Following the St Andrews flagship, the company hopes to open additional Rogue venues throughout the UK.
John Forrest, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners, said: “Working with Kained Holdings over the years has been an excellent experience and it’s exciting to be at a stage now where we can embark on this impressive project together.”