London-based Horny Fish is hopping throughout The Pond, bringing its Asian-fusion seafood — together with a mega-buck assortment of marine-themed artwork works by Damiean Hirst and Frank Gehry — to diners in Miami and New York.
British restaurateur Richard Caring, 73, is at present scouting places to launch a Horny Fish — a celeb sizzling spot for Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan and Hugh Jackman — in Manhattan. He’s eyeing potential areas on Billionaires’ Row in addition to downtown and the Higher East Aspect, the place fellow Brits David and Simon Reuben just lately purchased the Surrey Lodge.
“I hear that downtown New Yorkers will go uptown, however that Higher East Siders hardly ever depart their neighborhood,” Caring mentioned.
However his 40-year-old, Brazillian-born spouse Patricia Mondinni, with whom he has three kids, is worked up to spend time in Miami first, he mentioned.
As such, Horny Fish in Miami’s fashionable Brickell neighborhood will open in October. Caring commissioned $20 million value of recent artwork and sculpture items from Hirst and Gehry, the legendary 92-year-old starchitect, for the restaurant, at 1001 South Miami Ave.
However that isn’t stopping Caring from scouting for a second flagship location in Gotham, which will even showcase its personal distinctive artwork assortment, Caring tells Aspect Dish.
“Will probably be no less than the identical measurement funding. Nice artwork maintains its worth. That’s why we do it,” he mentioned.
Caring can be the bulk shareholder of the Soho Home Group. On Monday, Reuters reported that Soho House in New York plans an IPO to lift $100 million on the New York Inventory Alternate.
Caring’s Caprice Holdings additionally owns Annabel’s, the celeb-hot personal membership in London, and Ivy Assortment. In 2019, Caring offered a 25 p.c stake in his firm to the ex prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, for round $277 million.
Now, Caring is plowing a few of these proceeds into an eye-popping artwork assortment to brighten Horny Fish’s forthcoming Miami location. No — it gained’t home any of Hirst’s well-known nice white sharks in formaldehyde. There’ll, nonetheless, be a 23-foot Hirst octopus and a large bronze wall reduction that’s 88 ft lengthy known as “Sea Life,” together with a coral urinal. Frank Gehry, in the meantime, has created fish sculptures “that will likely be floating in mid air,” hanging from a gold ceiling, Caring mentioned, together with 26 fish lamps.
As well as, foodies will likely be visually swayed by a 21-foot-long fish tank with stay coral and tropical fish. Exterior, there’s a backyard and Koi pond.
“The backyard may be very particular. Will probably be stunning however not in a Disney approach, as a result of it’s actual,” he mentioned.
It’s all in a ten,000-square-foot house that seats 242 inside and 58 outdoors, created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, which additionally outfitted Horny Fish London. Each areas are designed like a decadent brasserie from the misplaced metropolis of Atlantis, lined in scale-like mosaic tiles, plagued by raspberry leather-based tables and banquettes — and actually costly art work by Hirst and Gehry.
“There’s an enormous wow issue. We will have our personal present,” Caring mentioned. “I like artwork. It’s extra enjoyable, and in as we speak’s world, it’s a rarity.”
Horny Fish first opened in London’s Mayfair neighborhood in 2015. If the eating places take off, he’s ready to open 10 within the US, Caring mentioned.