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Acme excels for Gordon Ramsay protégé

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The design for Bank House restaurant, which Acme outfitted.

Blackburn-based distributor Acme has completed a major project for chef and former Gordon Ramsay Group CEO Stuart Gillies.

The dealer designed and built a kitchen and two bars across the multi-floor Bank House restaurant in Chislehurst, London, due to open on Friday (6 September).

The standalone site is the first opening for Gillies since he left the Gordon Ramsay Group, which he led firstly as MD and then as CEO, for over 10 years.

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As well as installing full kitchen facilities, Acme manufactured bar structures and provided back-bar refrigeration, equipment and coldroom facilities.

The centrepiece of the kitchen is a charcoal-fired Robata grill which Acme sourced and installed. Robata is a long-standing Japanese grilling tradition which uses specialist charcoal to create and authentic tastes.

The Robata grill is set into bespoke fabrications, also provided by Acme, to fit in with Blue Seal cookline.

The bespoke fabrication for the first and second floor bars included brass fixtures and fittings.

Acme also sourced all warewash, refrigeration and preparation equipment, a bespoke stainless steel preparation island and a basement coldroom.

The restaurant occupies the renovated premises of an old bank, with Acme marketing manager David Hind detailing: “This provides a great setting for the front-of-house but also posed back-of-house challenges; with confined spaces, we had to be creative to provide a practical working environment.

“We have worked on numerous bank conversions in the past and were well prepared to help Stuart and his team make the most of their building.

“It has been a pleasure working with Stuart on this exciting project and we are looking forward to supporting them in their launch this month and going forward.”

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Clare Nicholls

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