After opening Red Medicine about three years ago, Jordan Kahn is looking to expand his influence in the culinary world. Today, a source reveals that Kahn has been meeting with potential investors, and reaching out to his kitchen and front-of-house contacts around the country. According to the source, Kahn scoped out a space on Abbot Kinney with investors and discussed the concept, which would be around 100 seats doing ideally "150 covers a night on average … bringing in $50 per person." The price point and size implies a medium-sized eatery that's not quite fine dining, but also not particularly casual. Despite this meeting, Kahn flat out denied his pursuit of a place on Abbot Kinney to Eater: "Although it would be swell to have a restaurant in the coolest street in America, it is not something that I am or have ever considered."
But when asked about the possibility of any future projects, Kahn simply changed the subject to prep work for tonight's dinner service. But back in the meeting, Kahn said he has people working in different parts of the world, such as New York and D.C., including one sous chef, that would be ready to work at the new place. The Red Medicine chef went on to say that he would "set up a culture for a year, and then move on to the next one," implying a replicable concept, something the investors were interested in.
Finally, Kahn told the investors, "To say I want to open the best restaurant in the world is insane. But that's what I want to do." Given his pedigree at places like The French Laundry and Alinea, as well as the continued success of Red Medicine, it's no surprise to see Kahn working on another high-caliber project. The meeting with the investors did finish with a projected start date of February 2014, meaning that Kahn will be on the lookout for a location in the near future.
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