The new arrivals include Rico’s Pasta Bar, Broken Clock Café and Patisserie, and CHIX
A trio of restauranteurs will be claiming their spots at Bonnie & Wild’s upcoming food hall.
Stefano Pieraccini, Director of the Edinburgh-based Rocca Group of restaurants, will open Rico’s Pasta Bar in the new marketplace. Guests to the Food Hall will be able to choose from changing menus provided by eight food businesses with a focus on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.
Stefano says: “Despite all of the challenges of the last year, we’re always looking for opportunities to grow the Rocca Group further. When the chance arose to take a food stall in Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace, I knew I had to grab it with both hands.
“This is an exciting opportunity to bring something very different to Edinburgh city centre. I want Rico’s Pasta Bar to be a place where guests know they will get excellent, authentic Italian dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. The pasta bar will complement our main restaurant, Rico’s on North Castle Street, and give diners a ‘taste’ of what they can expect at our new restaurant, while also being a standout destination in its own right.”
Anna Medjanskaja and Artem Podburtnoi will be bringing their Broken Clock Café and Patisserie to the Edinburgh Food Hall after successfully growing their Glasgow business over the past two years. Following a huge demand for Broken Clock’s seasonal artisanal cakes during lockdown, Anna said she had been considering a move to Edinburgh when the opportunity at Bonnie & Wild came up.
Anna said: “At the heart of our philosophy is we need to enjoy what we eat, while also being committed to using locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. This is something I know is important to Bonnie & Wild and the other food businesses coming into the Food Hall.”
As the Broken Clock team prepare for Bonnie & Wild’s opening, Anna revealed she has already ordered in 450kg of high quality Belgian chocolate in preparation for opening at Bonnie & Wild. She added: “Last year we went through one tonne of exquisite Belgian Chocolate. This year, I expect that to double!”
Aside from chocolate, Broken Clock focuses on using Scottish fresh fruits, with the cakes changing regularly to reflect the current season. On the coffee side, they source from Loch Lomond Coffee Co. The start-up, which won Out of Home Business of the Year at the recent Baking Industry Awards, will be increasing its staffing from 10 people to 18 thanks to the expansion.
Joining Broken Clock and Rico’s Pasta Bar, is the start-up CHIX, run by Max Murray and Ed Cresswell, who worked as Chef de Partie at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three-starred Fat Duck prior to co-founding CHIX.
CHIX’s Head Chef Ed Cresswell said he was looking forward to giving fried chicken a fine-dining makeover within the more casual Food Hall setting at Bonnie & Wild. He added:
“CHIX is a completely new entity and concept. We’re bringing a refined and classy approach to this wonderful dish, but enhancing it with an unrivalled range of innovative and complex dips and sauces that will tantalise people’s palettes!
“We are very excited to launch CHIX within the Bonnie & Wild Food Hall at St James Quarter. This is a fantastic space and something the city centre has been lacking. We both very much look forward to serving both local customers and tourists when they return in high numbers.”
Alongside the new arrivals, the Food Hall will house food stalls operated by The Gannet, East PIZZAS, Joelato, Erpingham House and Creel Caught, the new seafood concept launched by BBC Masterchef Gary Maclean. The butcher will be operated by MacDuff 1890 and bottleshop by Inverarity Morton.
Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace is currently scheduled to open in July. For further information on Bonnie & Wild, check out our coverage on the upcoming marketplace via our articles below.