The worlds of art and food collide in British artist Damien Hirst’s latest restaurant venture, in partnership with London chef Mark Hix. Pharmacy 2, which officially opens for business on Tuesday, February 23, succeeds Pharmacy, an eatery that closed in 2003.
The original Pharmacy was a popular London celebrity haunt, frequented by the likes of David Bowie, Kate Moss, and Madonna, The Daily Mail reports.
Pharmacy 2, located at Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London, features pharmacy-themed décor such as pill-shaped seats, etched glass windows depicting DNA strands, and individually crafted pill designs are embedded into the marble floor and embroidered onto the leather banquettes. The restaurant also exhibits site-specific work from some of Hirst’s most iconic series, which include the Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings.
Hirst’s restaurant will serve gallery attendees during the day and evening dinners after-hours. The food is classic British and European. Highlights include crushed avocado on toast with chile, Glenarm Estate 75 day extra aged mighty marbled sirloin steak, and pineapple upside-down cake.
Hirst says, “'Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions; art and food. I've always loved Mark as a chef and his approach to food, so it's great we're working together on this.”