So here’s what’s happening when Two Cats closes

The buzzing Jewellery Quarter is set to get a new restaurant in the space occupied by Two Cats.

Two Cats’ chef-patron Niki Astley announced in July that he was closing the much-praised restaurant because of volatile trading conditions.
He is handing over the running of the space in an atmospheric former jewellery workshop in Warstone Lane to a new team.
The new venture will be called Grit and will offer an a la carte menu of dishes high on quality but reasonably priced.
The aim is to create a neighbourhood restaurant that’s casual and fun and which will attract return visits.
Here’s the sort of dishes that will be on offer.

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It’s beef shin, broccoli, dandelion coffee sauce, pistachios and horseradish cracker.
Niki, who is considering relaunching his Salt & Earth pop-up concert after stepping away from the restaurant, said: “Some months ago we announced the closure of Two Cats Kitchen. It was a sad move but not one I regret.”

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The kitchen will be headed up by Canadian chef Graeme Jackson who worked under Niki for the early part of this year.

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He will be assisted by Isadora Gavilett, who has also worked at Two Cats and has also worked at Restaurant Adam’s.

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The service will continue to be run by restaurant manager Georgiana Radenschi (above) and head waitress of Two Cats Kitchen Caitlin Mansell (below).

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The price of dishes will start at around £2 and rise to about £18.
The drink focus will be on wines and craft beer.
Service will be casual and intimate.

Here’s what the menu may look like.

Cured Iberico Pork shoulder £8
Italian fennel sausage £5
Nocerella olives £3
Sourdough, bone marrow butter £3
Carrot soup, salted caramel, almond mascarpone & coriander £5
Nduja ravioli, root vegetable & thyme infusion £7
Octopus, soya beans & Iberico ham £8
Jerusalem artichoke, apple, sprouts & smoked cream £5
Dandelion coffee glazed beef shin, dill pickle, mustard & kohlrabi £14
Honey poached cod, miso braised cabbage, pancetta & dill £14
Corn fed chicken, pot roast celeriac, parmesan veloute and kale £13
Caramelised cauliflower, scorched salad, truffle, cheddar & sunflower seed £12
Smoked new potatoes, roast peanut & garlic mayonnaise £4
Endive salad, bergamot dressing and spiced bread croutons £4
Sweet potato & corn succotash £4
Raspberry, sable biscuit & tonka bean £6
Chocolate, malt  & pecans £6.50
Selection of cheeses £8

The details

Grit will be open Monday to Saturday evenings from 6 and serve lunches from Tuesday to Saturday from 12-2.
Lunches will offer one of the main course items at £9, varying daily.
Bookings are now being taken from the second week of October right through until Christmas and can be made through email at gritjq@gmail.com
Phone lines will open from October 17.
You can follow Grit on Twitter @GritFood.