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Baileys’ Restaurants to debut new ghost kitchen concept this Thursday

‘Tis the season for ghosts…and ghost kitchens.

In simple terms, a ghost kitchen is a restaurant without seats, a narrow-focus pivot created to cater to the burgeoning food pickup and delivery business. Ghost kitchens tend to focus on a single, popular item. Recently, KC-style ribs, sandwiches, and other chicken wing riffs have launched out of kitchens in St. Louis, and a smashburger ghost kitchen is on the horizon.

Last month, Dave and Kara Bailey, owners of Baileys’ Restaurants, introduced Wing Ding Dong, a chicken-wing based ghost kitchen concept operating out of Baileys’ Range.

This Thursday, they plan to roll out a new concept: Playing Ketchup, which will feature all-beef “ripper” hot dogs and brats—specifically the Grant’s Farm brat from G&W Meat, prepared in Zwickel, onion, and seasoning. 

The name was a snap for the Baileys. “Double entendres are the name of the game in ghost kitchens, apparently,” says Dave, adding that more concepts are in the works as well. “We have no shortage of ideas. Our plan is to keep layering.”

Rippers are deep-fried dogs cooked to the point that they just start to rip open to produce that sought-after snap. Both buns and toppings, including a dozen ketchups and sauces, will be made in the company commissary. The buns are butter-rolled and grilled. 

Dogs range from unadorned to piled high. The toppings list is formidable, with such options as white cheddar, blue cheese, kraut, chow chow, salsa, pulled pork, bacon, pickles, sport peppers, caramelized onions, grilled sweet jalapeños, onion raws, tomato, onion, lettuce, ranch, buffalo sauce, chili, mac n cheese, Rooster mayo, cream cheese, and salsa verde.

If that list is overwhelming, then opt for a classic Chicago dog, with telltale neon green relish and sport peppers. Other specialties include the Buffalo Dog (topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese,

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Dine on Design: London’s best-looking restaurants

From Latin American splendour to a chic French corner, London’s most stylish venues put presentation on a par with cuisine.

With a selection of places to eat, drink and feast on fabulous design, we celebrate the spaces that don’t compromise on ingredients or decor.

A glamorous pub conversion, a lower ground fine dining experience and a concept store meets restaurant with a Seventies twist are in the mix.


Whether you are seeking interiors inspiration or fancy a delectable dinner these are the spots to know…

Casa Cruz

Where? On leafy Clarendon Road in Notting Hill.

Design details: The vision of charming restaurateur and designer Juan Santa Cruz, this vibrant haunt is wonderfully glamorous. Cruz left behind a career in finance and business to pursue his passion for hospitality and interiors much to the delight of everyone who visits his super stylish restaurants. The early Victorian property had a previous guise as a pub. The building’s original details stand strong, including the tall, dual aspect window cornices on the upper floors which were spared during the Blitz.

Inside blends the traditional and the contemporary. Copper, a signature of Cruz’s native Argentina, glistens from the moment you enter the two-storey venue. It lines the walls and railings and is offset with infinity mirrors (even in the bathroom) to create a twinkling environment. Seating is a sumptuous emerald green and there is a sunburst design woven into the carpet. Each floor has a statement bar and there is a heated outdoor roof terrace.

This is a place worthy of your favourite new outfit as you sip on a glorious cocktail and savour the beautifully prepared South American and Latin cuisine under the helm of new head chef Gaz Herbert (formerly of Ikoyi). A joy in every

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