Acclaimed chef Glynn Purnell is to relaunch his city centre restaurant The Asquith as a Parisian-style bistro.
The BBC’s Great British Menu mentor has a Michelin star at his main restaurant, Purnell’s in Cornwall Street, but success has been harder to achieve at his second outlet.
The Asquith, formerly based in Montague Road, Edgbaston, closed last April, just six months after opening. The restaurant moved to Newhall Street in the city centre, opening as The Asquith and Ginger’s Bar towards the end of 2011.
But, following the departure of head chef Jason Eaves, Mr Purnell has decided to restyle the eatery as Purnell’s Bistro for a September 5 re-launch.
He said: “It is well-known that I am driven by my passion to excite people through food, especially the innovative dishes inspired by my childhood.
“The concept of Purnell’s Bistro will continue to entice people with honest portions of food, inspired by rustic home cooking. The fine dining scene in Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and we have some top chefs already in the city, with more wanting a slice of the action.
“Well-known chefs are choosing to open their brand of restaurants in the city centre but I want to go that step further.
“I am an extremely hands-on chef and I will continue to support the new team at the bistro, while cooking my fine dining menu at Purnell’s restaurant on a daily basis.
“I know questions will arise from the closure of The Asquith, especially since it relocated from the original address in Edgbaston.
“The answer is simple – in this life we meet challenges and it is how we face them. I have met this challenge head on and want to aspire to greater things. I opened The Asquith to give a younger management team the opportunity to grow the business and make their mark.
“For a variety of reasons, people chose different paths in life and I wish the original duo only the best, one heading off to travel the world and the other to start a family.”