Fans of French Laundry, the Michelin three-starred restaurant in Napa Valley, can get a taste of their favorite menu items in London this October. Thomas Keller is opening an outpost of his California restaurant at Harrods, and Londoners are already drooling in anticipation. Keller will be bringing a team of 14 staff members from Yountville, California to recreate the menu. Even the interior design will be faithful to the French Laundry original, with signature dinnerware flown over, too. Talk about an exclusive experience; Keller’s pop-up restaurant will operate for just 10 days.
This temporary restaurant is following the success of numerous “pop-up” bars, boutiques, and restaurants that have been opening in Europe this year. In fact, Chef Pierre Koffmann opened a pop-up resto on the roof of Selfridges in 2009 that was the talk of the town. Bloomberg reports that Thomas Keller’s new eatery will be raking in the dough serving a nine-course menu that costs 250 pounds ($400): “The Harrods venue will seat 70, which equates to 35,000 pounds a day for food (including tax) if all the places are filled just once each for lunch and dinner.”