THE First Street Laundrette site has been given a spin and come clean as a new restaurant project called School for Scandal.
Why we are not quite clear. Another 18th century Richard Brinsley Sheridan play title has been given to the Royal Exchange Theatre bar/eaterie for valid reasons – that was the first play performed there back in 1976.
Maybe School for Scandal gets the vote because it sounds quite racy. According to the press release it is “based on the scandal of love, the walls are adorned with tattoo imagery, whilst the decor evokes a sense of Manhattan cool alongside hints of traditional British interiors with wood panelling finishings reminiscent of an English boarding school.
A lot of bases covered there. We’ll see ho this 100-cover ‘neighbourhood brasserie’ with terrace, pet project of Danny Fox, ex-Living Ventures, lives up to the hype when it opens on Monday, August 20.
Foodwise we are promised “an abundance of healthy options, alongside some naughty home comforts” – tacos, burgers and steaks off the charcoal grill, pizzas, salads and small plates with gluten, dairy and meat free options. And there’s the de rigueur Sunday roast. As we said, covering a lot of bases.
It gets wicked with dessert (or desert according to the release): “Be transported back to your childhood whilst you feast on a knickerbocker glory or a chocolate fondue served with marshmallows and strawberries. As well as classic deserts (sic) to die for, indulge in one of their signature delicious crullers, a delicious pastry treat topped with powdered sugar or icing, which are made fresh daily.
Cocktails are inspired by films including American Pie, Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club. “Or for those post-work pick-ups, experience a new type of detention with 10 classic cocktails including Cosmopolitan, Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz available for £5 each every weekday from 5pm-7pm.”
There’s also the Wheel of Fortune, a sharing cocktail for four or more worth £35. “Spin the wheel and you can receive the cocktail for free, end up paying double or the original price, the risk is there to take.”
In a busy bar scene it’s a case of let’s all hope the Wheel comes off!