A new large restaurant and bar, the latest to have an alpine ski resort theme, will open near Stratford tube station in London this fall.
The D&D London hotel group has announced that the new site, called Haugen, will open in September near the gates of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with 544 seats, including 100 outdoors.
Haugen will feature an all-day brasserie, restaurant, deli, outdoor terrace on the ground floor and a rooftop bar, all located in the International Quarter of London (IQL).
The site is named after an American-Norwegian ski jumper, Anders Olsen Haugen, who competed in the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, winning bronze, as well as the second in 1928 in St. Moritz. He remains the only American to win an Olympic medal in ski jumping.
Additionally, in 1911 Anders Haugen set a ski jumping world record of 46 m which he later increased with two more world jumping distance records of 64.92 m in 1919 and then 65, 23 m in 1920.
The building will have a wooden structure that pays homage to traditional Alpine chalets. It will feature floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light during the day, and faux fur throws and warm lighting to create an après-ski atmosphere.
“When you see Haugen exiting Stratford station towards the Olympic Park, it will definitely catch your eye. For Londoners who love their Alpine rostis and tartiflettes, this will be a must-see restaurant. But for those who prefer to maintain their Olympian figure, there will also be plenty of tasty options, ”said Des Gunewardena, CEO and Chairman of D&D London.