640 East to take over former Silo site in Brighton

By James McAllister

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Independent bar and restaurant brand 640 East to take over former Silo site in Brighton

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Independent bar and restaurant brand 640 East is to set up shop in Brighton this November, on the site formerly occupied by Douglas McMaster’s Silo.

The ‘thoughtful food concept’ will serve a daily brunch and small plates menu, with the kitchen operating as a residency space for local chefs during the evenings.

Originally designed as a sustainable pop-up bar concept, 640 East launched its first permanent site in London’s Canary Wharf in April 2017.

The chain subsequently established two further locations – one in Bristol and another in London’s Bethnal Green – and Brighton-based owners Ross Blake and Alice Duvernois say opening on their home turf was the next natural step.

“We’ve lived in Brighton for five years and we’ve always felt the 640 East concept would work well here, but it was more about waiting for the right space,” says Blake.

640 East will take over Silo’s former flagship site in the city’s North Laines, which McMaster closed in June to move the operation to London​.

The restaurant will host a calendar of collaborative events throughout the year to give local chefs and producers the chance ‘to showcase their creation and concept’.

“In Brighton & Hove there are so many incredible food and drink producers and chefs, so we’re really excited about being able to work with them,” says Blake.

“The kitchen space downstairs is huge, making it the perfect experimental space for local chefs that don’t have their own premises.

“It’s great to be able to support local talent and share the space so they can play around with their concept and get it out there in the community.”

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