Mascarenhas restaurant to take over Wallace’s Putney site

Putney’s restaurant scene is set to see a new face from next month as Rebecca Mascarenhas takes over the site formerly occupied by Gregg Wallace.

Bibo, backed by restaurateur Mascarenhas, will be run by chef Chris Beverley and will be a new 70-seat venture situated on the Upper Richmond Street location that was previously home to MasterChef judge Wallace’s Wallace & Co.

The new restaurant will feature modern Italian dishes including pappardelle with rabbit and Prosecco ragu; poussin, braised greens and lemon; and pannacotta with caramel oranges, with antipasti costing between £4 and £7.50 and primi courses ranging from £7.50 to £9, while secondi dishes will be priced between £15 and £19 and dolci will be charged at £6 to £6.50.

Opening on 6th March, Bibo is also set to be home to a 60-bin wine selection from Italy overseen by wine specialist Zeren Wilson, who will also be available to assist customers with their options.

Beverley’s move to Putney comes after his time spent working in various chefs jobs at locations including Chez Bruce as well as three years at Theo Randall at the InterContinental, while Mascarenhas’s other ventures include Kitchen W8 and Sam’s Brasserie.

Amy Boden will become the restaurant’s new general manager after previously working at The Square and Pollen Street Social, while Bibo’s launch will see it open for lunch between 12pm and 2.30pm and dinner from 6pm until 10pm.

In other hospitality news, it was announced earlier this week that the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London is set to open to the public on 6th May 2014 after having its launch date delayed by around a year.

Included in the hotel will be three new restaurants, titled GONG, TING and LANG, while three event spaces – Ren, Yi and Li – will also be available offering views across many of London’s landmarks.

By Owen Mckeon
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