Dubai-based hospitality firm Bulldozer Group is set to open nine dining concepts across the GCC, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to founder and managing partner Evgeny Kuzin.
Bulldozer Group, founded in 2013 by Russian entrepreneurs Evgeny Kuzin, Alex Orlov and Maxim Vlasov, is known for bringing global concepts including Monte Carlo’s famous Sass Café, London’s celebrity hangout Novikov, Sydney’s prominent Toko, and Venice’s legendary Cipriani to Dubai..
Speaking to Arabian Business, Kuzin said the region will see new restaurant openings in the next couple of months.
“We have nine projects in the pipeline for 2018 and 2019 in the GCC alone,” he said.
"We have more global plans for Hong Kong, London and New York. We’re investing a lot, but we have loyal customers, so we’re doing great."
The first opening is Greek-Mediterranean restaurant GAIA, which will open in September in DIFC and will be headed by Chef Izu Ani, famous for launching successes La Petite Maison and La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie.
Kuzin said the homegrown concept will open opposite Cipriani, the Italian franchise brought to Dubai by Bulldozer Group in 2016.
GAIA will be followed by the opening of London concept China Tang sometime this year in DIFC, he revealed. The restaurant in Dorchester Hotel serves Cantonese cuisine in rooms designed in Art Deco, aimed at evoking 1930s Shanghai.
The managing partner also said the group will expand Japanese Italian concept Novikov to Saudi Arabia “very soon, in a couple of months.”
The concept by Russian billionaire restaurateur Arkady Novikov was brought to Dubai by Bulldozer Group in 2015.
The group will also launch Italian restaurant Scalini in the kingdom in April, with an initial branch in Riyadh and future outlets planned for Jeddah. The concept in Dubai is located in the prestigious Four Seasons Resort in Jumeirah.
Kuzin said Novikov Dubai is doing “alright,” while Scalini is “doing great.” He opened Beirut rooftop concept Seven Sisters in April as an outdoor venue in JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay. The venue will re-open in August following the installation of an air-conditioned retractable roof, enabling it to open year-round in 2019, Kuzin said.
He added that while Dubai boasts a large number of dining outlets, some of its franchises in the city are achieving the group’s highest results when compared to their other global concepts.
The Bulldozer Group is the Middle East arm of Bulldozer Group Worldwide (BGW), which has over 90 properties across eight markets.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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