A large new restaurant and bar, the latest to be themed on an Alpine ski resort, is to open close to Stratford Underground station in London this autumn.
Hospitality group D&D London say the new venue, christened Haugen, will open in September close to the gates of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with 544 covers, 100 of which will be outdoors.
Haugen will include an all-day brasserie, restaurant, deli, outdoor ground floor terrace and rooftop bar, all located within the International Quarter London (IQL).
The venue is named after a Norwegian-American ski jumper, Anders Olsen Haugen, who competed in the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, winning bronze, as well as the second in 1928 in St. Moritz. He remains the only American to win an Olympic medal for ski jumping.
In addition in 1911 Anders Haugen set a world ski jumping record of 46m which he later increased with two further jumping distance world records of 64.92m in 1919 and then 65.23m in 1920.
The building will have a wooden structure that pays homage to traditional Alpine chalets. It will feature large windows to draw in natural light during the day, and faux fur throws and warm lighting to create an apres ski atmosphere.
“When you see Haugen coming out of Stratford station on the way to the Olympic Park, it will certainly grab your attention. For those Londoners who love their Alpine rostis and tartiflettes this will be a must-go restaurant. But for those who prefer to maintain their Olympian body shapes there will be plenty of tasty options too,” said Des Gunewardena, D&D London’s CEO and chairman.