CONDE NAST SETS MORE RESTAURANTS: Condé Nast International is expanding its culinary footprint. The publisher said it will open a Vogue Café in Kiev and a GQ Bar in Istanbul in 2012.
The new establishments are in addition to Condé Nast International’s existing restaurants in Moscow, which number a Vogue Café, a GQ Bar and a Tatler Club. The Vogue Café in Kiev will open in partnership with the Otrada Luxury Group, which owns businesses including the Buddha Bar in Kiev, while the GQ Bar in Istanbul will open in partnership with the Dogus Group, which has interests in hospitality, banking, media and retailing.
The restaurants are part of the Condé Nast Restaurants division, which launched last year to establish restaurants under Condé Nast brands around the world. The restaurants will open in countries including those in which Condé Nast doesn’t yet publish magazines. Stuart Nielsen, director of restaurants for Condé Nast International, said the company is planning to unveil more restaurants in the coming months.
Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast International, added: “Vogue and GQ stand for the best in taste, discernment and pleasurable living. Nothing could be more natural than to expand these brands into restaurants where our readers and digital users can experience these brands in a new and exciting form.”
Condé Nast International also said this week that it will launch GQ in Turkey, which will make its debut in March. Mirgun Cabas has been named editor in chief, and the title will publish in a licensed partnership with the Dogus Media Group.