After testing the Shanghai waters over the past ten months with a series of pop-ups and parties across the city, Beijing-based 'culinary incubator' Hatchery
has announced its plan to open a restaurant at Huaihai Zhong Lu's 627 Huai Hai complex early next year (with soft opening expected sometime after Chinese New Year).
Labelling itself a 'culinary incubator', the Hatchery kitchen keeps things fresh by turning out a regular series of different food concepts 'worth growing'. Essentially, Hatchery serves as a testing ground for entrepreneurs looking to try out a new restaurant idea. In Beijing, it's metamorphosed from a space serving up Peruvian classics ceviche and pisco sours with Buena Onda, to a seafarer's haven with New Zealand green mussels and 'salty sea dog' hotdogs at Mighty Mo's Mussels and Beer Bar, and now it's slinging burgers, mac n cheese and fried fish sandwiches at its Australian diner-style concept Common Burger. According to Hatchery's Head of Shanghai, Clara Davis (of District
), these concepts are all things we can expect to see in Shanghai, alongside collaborations and one-off events.
On the expansion down south, Davis says 'We’re excited to build on the momentum of the platform in Beijing and the success of several pop-ups and collaborations with community partners in Shanghai over the last year... There’s so much energy and passion in the F&B scene here, and we can’t wait to contribute to that.'
What will be the latest in a string of Beijing stalwarts looking for a slice of the Shanghai pie – Hatchery is following in the footsteps of Tribe
and Moka Bros
– we're looking forward to seeing what this new addition will bring to Shanghai's ever-expanding food scene.