International Pop-Up Kitchens Launch at Artillery Arms’ Freedom Day Celebration – The Isle Of Thanet News
The many months of covid restrictions have resulted in changes in how businesses operate – and nothing more than the hospitality business.
From tailoring for take-out services to implementing a multitude of covid security procedures – our pubs, restaurants and guesthouses have come up with a myriad of ideas to keep customers happy while complying with regulations.
The restrictions late last year included an edict for Level 2 zones that alcohol could only be served with a “substantial meal.” Although Kent was placed in the strictest Level 3 measures, the rule sparked some ideas in a Ramsgate pub.
The bosses of The Artillery Arms – a cornerstone of the real ale brigade – say it was the seed that led them to prepare to launch a season of exciting new international pop-up cuisines to accompany the traditional allure of the pub.
In addition to craft beers, customers can now enjoy healthy Korean cuisine, spicy street food from West Africa and Morocco, tapas from Tenerife. South American Chimichanga and more.
Owner Sandy Berwick, who runs the West Cliff Road pub with her husband Roger and son Hayden, said: “The second level, when you couldn’t have beer unless you had a meal too, got us thinking. . Then we met this great group of people who were looking for a place to host their fantastic new kitchen.
“Our customers have tasted samples over the past few weeks and they can’t wait to try the real one in our newly renovated Montauban dining room on the ground floor. We can’t do a lot of trips this year, so why not bring the world back here.
“As long as Boris sticks to his plans on July 19, we start it all off with a“ Celebrate Freedom ”party on July 29 with an amazing Korean chimaek dish called Bam Bam chicken that we’ll serve with a beautiful Korean spirit called Soju.
The program will then be in full swing the following week – Thursdays with Korean food. Fridays with African, Spanish Saturdays and more to come.
Coordinator Tony Stevens said: “We are really grateful to Sandy and Roger for giving us this opportunity.
“There are a lot of talented people out there who are hoping to start a food business or start their own restaurant, but it’s an expensive business and if foreclosure has taught us one thing, it’s that working together is the best way forward and the best way to regenerate a city.
“Ideally, a project like this belongs to the High Street and we took our ideas to the local MP and the Thanet and Ramsgate councils and got no response.
“But the Artillery is a great place for start-ups. – a really positive atmosphere, nice customers and at Sandy and Hayden two people who are not afraid to anticipate!
Reserve a table at the new restaurant by calling 01843 853282.
Aspiring Pop-Up Kitchens interested in joining the initiative can email Tony, Isha and Yeungju at [email protected]