Celebrity hang-out The Ivy has begun recruiting staff for its new Birmingham restaurant.
The company is keeping quiet about the precise opening date of the plush new venue, but advertisements for positions there have appeared on an industry website, including a restaurant administrator and assistant restaurant manager.
Work began in November converting the space at 67-71 Temple Row opposite the Cathedral.
The building was first identified as the location of the new restaurant in March on this website.
A spokeswoman has confirmed that the aim is to have the business up and running next spring.
She added: “The restaurant will feature an all-day dining menu and will be open seven days a week.
“The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés, established in London and now growing regionally across the UK, offering accessible, all-day dining for locals and visitors alike.
“Each location is carefully hand-picked to value, reflect and add to the local area.”
What to expect
The legendary Ivy itself, in London’s West End, has attracted a host of stars such as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and David and Victoria Beckham with its relaxed style and repertoire of simple but beautifully-crafted and satisfying dishes.
The Ivy Collection outlets build on that informality and quality.
Tables can be booked in advance, but a number are kept free so people can wander in throughout the day to eat and drink.
There are breakfasts, weekend brunches, afternoon tea and pre-theatre and post-theatre meals as well as an extensive a la carte menu.
Based on the menu for the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden, expect starters such as chicken liver parfait (£6.75), seasonal soup (£5.50), prawn cocktail (£9.75), crispy duck salad (£7.95) or tuna carpaccio (£8.95).
Main courses might include shepherd’s pie (£13.50), slow-roasted lamb shoulder (£16.25), pukka-spiced aubergine with sweet potato (£13.95) or fish and chips (£14.50).
The dessert menu includes flourless cappuccino cake (£7.25), apple tart fine (£7.95) and chocolate bombe (£8.50).
There’s an extensive wine list starting at less than £20 and rising to £200 plus cocktails, beers and other drinks.