Twin brothers from Sutton Coldfield who trained under Michelin star chefs are to breathe new life into a landmark local restaurant.
Scott and Steven Lewis, having worked for many years in some of London’s top restaurants including Quaglinos, La Tante Claire and the The Halkin Hotel, are revitalising The Boathouse restaurant in Sutton Park.
The pair, who trained under Michel Roux Jr at infamous Le Gavroche after studying at the Birmingham College of Food (now UCB), say it’s a dream come true to take the helm of the restaurant, which will be renamed The Bracebridge when it opens its doors in November.
Having spent 15 years heading up a company that supplied ingredients to the restaurant and catering sector, the brothers never lost their ambition to open their own restaurant.
“We’re very excited to be handed the keys to the restaurant,” said Scott, who lives in Sutton Coldfield.
“It’s a much-loved local institution that has been successfully run by Laurence and Fran O’Meara for almost 30 years, so we feel a huge responsibility in taking it on. It’s long been a dream of ours to open our own restaurant and we feel so proud that we’ve acquired this restaurant in such breathtaking surroundings.”
When it opens, The Bracebridge will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, with finer dining a key element of the evening service. There will also be a separate, more casual menu for the terrace.
“We’ll offer a varied menu, with dishes influenced by our travels, and aim to create a relaxed and chic restaurant that focuses on quality food, using first-class ingredients, for an accessible price,” said Scott.
“The next few months will be exceptionally busy as we create the menus, look for the right staff and prepare for the opening of the restaurant. We’re looking forward to welcoming diners who enjoyed The Boathouse and to attracting new customers who have a love of exceptional food in a perfect and unique location.”
Scott and Steven hope to create up to 30 new jobs – including eight full-time chefs.