Time for new challenge
Greenaway shutting Edinburgh restaurant for new venture
Mark Greenaway: new challenge
Restaurateur Mark Greenaway is closing his Edinburgh establishment and reopening elsewhere in the city later this year or early in 2019.
The restaurant in North Castle Street, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday, will shut towards the end of September.
Mr Greenaway and co-owner Nicola Jack did not disclose the location of the new venture, nor any details of current trading at the 11-table restaurant, but it is understood all staff have been guaranteed jobs.
In a statement, Mr Greenaway said: “It’s time for a new challenge, and so we are in the process of developing a completely new concept.
“Though we will be using the same team and suppliers that have contributed so much to the success of Restaurant Mark Greenaway, the new venture will feel completely different. Our intention is to boldly challenge the concept of fine dining in the heart of Edinburgh.”
Mr Greenaway, who has appeared on TV shows such as the Great British Menu, added: “When we celebrated our fifth birthday in January, it set us thinking about the future and what we really wanted to achieve.
“Winding up this chapter is our first step towards those ambitions. Naturally, we are sad to be closing the North Castle Street site, but at the same time Nicola, myself and the rest of the team are all very much looking forward to the future.
“We wish to heartily thank our amazing team, those that have advised us or collaborated with us along the way, our landlords for allowing us to establish our reputation and grow in their space, and of course our wonderful customers, many of which have been loyal to us for the five years we have been open.
“Business, and particularly the restaurant business, moves quickly, and we are hugely excited to reveal what’s coming next.”
In March this year he introduced a £30 per person charge for lunchtime diners who book then fail to show up, with the penalty rising to £50 a head for so-called ‘no-shows’ at dinner. In December last year, traditionally the restaurant trade’s busiest month, there were no fewer than 51 no-shows.
He said the charge was essential in order to “safeguard the future of the restaurant.”
Mr Greenaway, who was recently in the news after being robbed in a London Street, opened a second restaurant, Bistro Moderne, in old bank building in North West Circus Place, Stockbridge in December 2013 which closed soon afterwards.
With a career beginning in Scotland in 1992, Mr Greenaway went on to gain valuable experience during a five-year stint in Australia, working at some of the nation’s top establishments.
On his return to Scotland, he continued his profession at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, Kilcamb Lodge Hotel in Strontian and The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in the Scottish Borders.
Away from the kitchen, he has taught at Braehead Cook School and the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, as well as giving regular cookery demonstrations at food events including Foodies Festival, Taste of Edinburgh, Scottish Home Show, Gardening Scotland, BBC Good Food Show, Ideal Home Show Scotland, IFE, The Speciality and Fine Food Fair, The Scottish Chefs Conference and Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland.