Chef Andy McFadden has announced details of his new Dublin venture, Glovers Alley, located in the former home of Thornton’s restaurant at 128 Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
The building has been empty ever since the much celebrated Thornton’s closed in October 2016, the result of a downturn in business after losing one of its two Michelin stars the year previously.
McFadden is returning to Dublin after over a decade in London, where he has spent the last seven years both as Head Chef in L’Autre Pied and most recently at sister restaurant Pied á Terre, London. He retained a Michelin Star during his time in both L’Autre Pied and Pied á Terre, and was for a time the youngest chef in the UK to hold a star.
Andy has worked alongside some of the most renowned chefs in the world, such as Shane Osborn, Sergio Herman, and Ireland’s own Neven Maguire, gaining a wealth of knowledge and honing his creative skills along the way.
The design of Glovers Alley is by award-winning London based Project Orange, led by Christopher Ash. The design concept for the new restaurant reimagines Pullman Class dining through a contemporary lens.
The style of food will reflect Andy’s signature of French-influenced whilst developing what he describes as a natural, lighter element to the menu. Andy said: “Using Ireland’s most dedicated farmers and food producers, we want to create unique and exciting dishes. Each dish is designed to use techniques that bring out the best of each ingredient. We will be following my core philosophy of making everything in-house.”
The wine list at Glovers Alley is designed to complement Andy’s food, with an emphasis on small artisanal, organic and biodynamic producers as well as mature fine wines from around the World. Guests can choose a bottle from the cellar, or treat themselves to a glass of wine paired to each of the selected dishes from the ‘Classic’, ‘Reserve’ or ‘Grand Cru’ selections.
Glovers Alley is open five days a week: Tuesday – Saturday for dinner and Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner, and will have its opening night on Friday, February 2nd.