Food & Wine

‘Crunch time’ as Variety Jones chef steps out of his comfort zone to open second restaurant

Keelan and Aaron Higgs are expanding their Michelin-starred restaurant and opening a more casual one, Mongoose, at the same location

Aaron Higgs and Keelan Higgs in their Variety Jones restaurant.Picture: Fergal Phillips

The chef behind Michelin-starred restaurant Variety Jones has said the expansion of the restaurant and opening of a new outlet is not an effort to secure a second star but that “it would be amazing if a second star came along”.

The celebrated Thomas Street restaurant will begin service in a larger location next to its original space on Wednesday and its former dining room will be converted into Mongoose, a more casual restaurant.

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