Mr Lyan to open first bars outside the UK

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Mr Lyan to open first bars outside the UK

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Award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, is to open his first bars outside the UK this year.

Chetiyawardana took to Instagram​ earlier this week to announce the three projects he has lined up for 2019.

Dandelyan at Sea Containers hotel in London, which was named The World’s Best Bar in 2018​, is to close after four years​ and will relaunch as new concept Lyaness at the end of March.

A Super Lyan bar is to open in Amsterdam, while a Silver Lyan will launch in Washington DC.

Chetiyawardana wrote: “We [always] wanted to have diverse projects – something that felt authentic, and as a compliment to the other wonderful, passionate projects out there."

He also announced that Michael Thompson, formerly of Fera at Claridge's, is joining his Cub restaurant as head chef. 

Chetiyawardana opened Cub in partnership with chef Douglas McMaster in 2017,​ and is also behind London’s Super Lyan bar.

He ran his first London project, White Lyan, from 2013-17 and it claimed to be the first cocktail bar in the world to use no perishables – including fruit and ice – as part of its commitment to sustainability.

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