Black And White Opens Second Marco Pierre White Restaurant In Abu Dhabi
Located in the five-star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel, the new restaurant which is a Marco's New York Italian, opened its doors on Thursday 26th September.
News of the opening follows a deal between RMAL Hospitality and Marco Pierre White's UK business partner Nick Taplin who formed Black and White International and now promote Pierre White's franchised restaurants in the UAE and beyond.
The second restaurant to open in Abu Dhabi, it offers a casual and vibrant all-day dining experience with a 'New York Italian' menu that offers a mixture of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics, serving everything from fresh pasta, homemade pizza and ribs to Marco's best-selling New York-style cheesecake.
Inspired by his Italian heritage and love for New York, the restaurant will serve a wide variety of dishes that reflects the latest trends from the 'the city that never sleeps' as well as traditional Italian staples.
Elias Chakhtoura, general manager at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr said: "We are honoured to open the first international branch of Marco's New York Italian at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
"This marks our second collaboration with Marco following the success of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. At Fairmont, our passion is to connect our guests with the best of destinations, unique architecture, expressive décor and artistry as well as the best of experiences. We strongly believe that this vibrant all-day dining restaurant will lend itself to be the must-go-to restaurant at the hotel."
Nick Taplin, Chairman and CEO of Black and White Hospitality added: "Not only is he well-known because of his success as a chef and restauranteur, Marco's international presence has grown further following appearances on TV shows such as MasterChef Asia, MasterChef Australia and also Hell's Kitchen Australia.
"It therefore makes sense for us to expand our reach outside of the UK where the potential is almost limitless. To be at the start of a journey as exciting as this makes me very proud and gives me the opportunity to take the MPW franchise model onto a truly global platform.
"This new restaurant looks stunning and is the latest version of the New York Italian 2.0 design concept which was one of the first franchise brands that we developed in the UK about eight years ago.
"This latest style falls in line with customer tastes and will allow the brand to appeal to a wide demographic in different geographic areas.
"A bit like New York, which is known as the city which never sleeps, here at Black and White we're always on the move and looking to evolve and this new restaurant epitomises that ethos."
Marco added: "The New York Italian restaurants represent friendly, all-occasion, elegant dining. The idea is that Marco's New York Italian isn't just about selling a meal. It's a great place to share and socialise whether it's a night out with friends, a family lunch, or somewhere for parents to take the children out for a meal.
"We lead such busy lives our favourite past time must be escapism. A lot of today's restaurant habits are about casual dining, so casual, elegant spaces are really important but where guests are made to feel special."