Working under the name Daskal throughout his career, Daskaloff was a student of Paul Klee and hung out with the Surrealists in Paris before going on to become a noted painter, sculptor and designer.
Bar Daskal will be inspired by the artist’s work and the Mallorcan village of Estellencs, where he and his wife settled and built the house in which the Hart’s mother grew up.
The bar will be home to a rare permanent exhibition of Daskal’s artworks, which have largely been in private collections until now.
Muralist Jim McCarthy – who also created the Campari mural in Hart Group’s Quo Vadis club, and the Mariscos mural at its Casa Pastor restaurant - has recreated an original Daskal charcoal design on one of the walls.
“The aim was to design a place where my grandfather’s art would feel very much at home but also somewhere that felt right for Park Street in Borough - a cosy, drinks-led space with warm lighting, tactile surfaces and soft edges,” says James Hart, who has led the project.
“Half the area is seated, and half is for standing, but all of it should feel homely, relaxed and transportive.’
Though it will be focused on drinks, the venue will serve snacks and cold tapas, including olives, almonds, gildas, cured meats and anchovies.
More substantial dishes will include air dried tuna with olive oil and hazelnuts; Mallorcan trempó salad; and a ‘coca of the day’ (Mallorquin cheese-less pizza.
Created by Barrafina and Parrillan’s group wine buyer Rafa Martin and head of beverage Nick Jackson, the wine list will pull together some Barrafina ‘staples’ as well as ‘exciting’ new listings from the freshly researched, extended Parrillan list.
There will also be a short list of cocktails including Agua de Valencia (gin, blood orange, sparkling wine); Clara (Estrella Galicia, grapefruit and lemon sherbet); and Fuck it Ducky (Xoriguer gin, fino sherry, fresh tomato and spice).
The new bar will trade alongside the group’s Barrafina and Parrillan restaurants in the Borough Yards development, which is also home to Butchies, Vinoteca and Brother Marcus.