Former Burger & Lobster managing director Dave Strauss has joined Rockfish as restaurant director to oversee the business’ expansion on the south coast.
Rockfish, the seafood restaurant group founded by Mitch Tonks, currently has five well-established coastal sites in the south-west, and also owns the Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth, which consistently ranks as one of the best restaurants in the country.
The company, which will open its sixth Rockfish restaurant in Exeter Quays in March this year has identified a number of suitable locations along the south coast.
Mr Strauss, who also headed London steak restaurant group Goodman, will join the company next month and work with operations director Mat Prowse helping to open Exeter and then oversee the openings that follow, beginning with Poole later this year.
He said: “Rockfish is a rare thing – something that is expanding while maintaining standards and ethics and with an excellent reputation among the foodie community across the country. I’m excited to get started and start to help build a business on the South Coast, where I grew up and where I now live again.”
Mr Tonks added: “Rockfish has been a great employer for the people on the South Coast since we first opened, and from time to time has also attracted some fantastic people from the London restaurant scene who wanted to be part of something special and have a different way of life. To have someone of Dave’s calibre really reinforces what a special business it is and how much scope we believe it has.”
Rockfish also recently received investment from Gresham House Ventures team, and has an excellent board, which includes Will Beckett, CEO and founder of Hawksmoor, Mat Prowse, operations director, Henry Dimbleby, ex-Leon and London Union, Steve Leadbeater, ex-Findus and Two Sisters CFO) and John Barnes, ex-La Tasca and Harry Ramsden.