Sprint races ahead with Raymond Blanc


Catering equipment outfit Sprint has completed its 13th design and fit-out for the Raymond Blanc-founded restaurant chain Brasserie Blanc.

The Worcestershire-based dealer took two weeks to kit out the company’s Berkhamsted restaurant and will now move on to new branches in St Albans and Bath.

Sprint will also be carrying out the refurbishment of eight Chez Gerard restaurants in London, which will be rebranded as Brasserie Blanc, over the next three months.

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Managing director David Ryan, who set up Sprint with £1,500 in 1994, said: “We’ve designed and fitted kitchens for many major chains including Jamie Oliver’s themed restaurants — Jamie’s Italian and Union Jacks — Loch Fyne, Slug and Lettuce and Revolution vodka bars. It has taken years of hard work but to see the business take shape and move in the right direction is fantastic.”

Ryan has also managed to retain family values at the firm, as his son is the personal designer for Raymond Blanc’s projects with Orient-Express Hotels.

Brasserie Blanc’s executive chef, Clive Fretwell, said it had been happy with Sprint’s work so far. “We know that from shaping the design to the installation that everything works and fits,” he commented. “There are no mistakes and this allows us to deliver between 1,000 and 2,000 dishes per week, week in, week out.”

Sprint also supplies refrigeration and catering equipment to schools and hospitals and operates a nationwide 24/7 maintenance service.

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