With over 80 000 young professionals working in Sandton, David and Gary feel that there could be more restaurants and bars to cater for that gap in the market. According to Gary, Saint will be a great space for Sandton’s trendy, up-and-coming business crowd, and will serve dishes for people on the move – quick to prepare, but tasty and good to look at. This is, after all, the winning recipe Higgs and Kyriacou have used to drive footfall to their first collab, Marble.
The menu, designed around the concept of ‘’Pazzo Italiano’ which means ‘Mad Italian’, will offer pizza and pasta, but also a range of dishes cooked on woks and an open fire. “It’s not an Italian restaurant but there will be a definite Italian feel,” says David Higgs, who first made name for himself as the driving force behind the fury and flames that’s the Saxon Hotel’s kitchen.
Higgs and Kyriacou gained the original inspiration for Saint’s concept during their visit to New York in early 2016 – as part of their planning and research for Marble.
Saint will be located in the newly-developed MARC Building on the corner of Maude Street and Rivonia Road – the site of the old Village Walk. The area has long been a hub in Sandton and provides a direct corridor from the Gautrain through to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and some of Sandton’s busiest offices and hotels.
At a whopping 1, 000m², the restaurant will seat approximately 230, have a large bar, and a balcony seating area overlooking Rivonia Road, which is reminiscent of the hotel restaurants and bars found in Dubai. The competition will be stiff as the restaurant will be situated in the same centre as some of the top eateries in Sandton.
The food will be Italian, but twisted,” he goes on to explain. “So yes, there will be pizza from our two massive pizza ovens from Italy, and there will be pasta; but there are also going to be lots of things in-between. We’ve got two woks stations and a Grillworks (inspired by Marble) for some crispy elements.” According to David Higgs there will be no influence from Marble at all – besides the quality of food and atmosphere.
The theme of Pazzo Italiano will extend from the plates to the interior design. Once again, Irene Kyriacou will project manage the design and décor. Irene recently travelled traveled to London, Amsterdam and attended the MAISON&OBJET PARIS Trade Show in order to gain inspiration for the new venture.
Irene has worked in partnership with Redecco to design the space and design some of the elements. Wherever possible, local designers and artisans will be commissioned, but some of the pieces will be imported. Together with Redecco, Irene intends to create a beautiful space with soft architectural elements.
“The décor will be playful, a combination of old and new, juxta positioned textures and vibrant colour,” she explains. “Items will be recognizable, but slightly twisted to be more contemporary, cheekier but also sophisticated. Guests will be able to relate to everything – from the walls, to the table coverings, chairs and plates – but we are taking the classics and translating them into something unique. Giving it our own spin.”
Saint will be located Shop UR 18 I The MARC Building on Rivonia Road, Sandton. Operating hours will be advised in the coming months.
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