Chef Tom Kitchin and his wife Michaela are to open a new restaurant concept this spring. ‘KORA by Tom Kitchin’ in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield area. The restaurant will be loaded on the site of their former bistro ‘Southside Scran’ which closed in 2020 after it was impacted by both severe flooding and forced pandemic closures.
KORA by Tom Kitchin, will include a bar area as well as a 65-cover dining space and the name pays homage to Chef Tom Kitchin’s deep-rooted passion for working with the seasons as the name KORA, is known in Greek mythology as the ‘Goddess of spring, flowers and vegetation’.
Chef Tom Kitchin explains, “I am thrilled to bring some great news to Edinburgh by introducing a new dining venue to the city. We are looking forward to bringing our Bruntsfield property back to life with a new concept, creating a genuine neighbourhood restaurant with a real sense of community. We want to give locals and visitors the chance to gather friends and family and experience a new dining destination, whether they want to catch up over a bottle of wine at the bar, enjoy a family lunch with the kids, or enjoy a relaxed evening meal, discovering some of the very best ingredients from across Scotland – there will be something for everyone.
“This new chapter is a really exciting one for our entire team and also for the city. We can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and start cooking some really fresh and exciting new dishes for our guests.”
Chef Tom Kitchin confirmed that some of his existing team would be taking on new and exciting opportunities at the forthcoming venue, while the restaurant group will also be creating several new jobs for the city, including front of house, bar and chef roles.
The couple’s portfolio also includes The Kitchin, The Scran & Scallie and The Bonnie Badger in Gullane.