Caprice Holdings, the luxury restaurant group behind some of the favourite and most classic establishments in London will open Brasserie of Light in Selfridges department store later this month, a major installation brought about thanks to £300 million investment in the London store. Described as “the ultimate destination restaurant and bar” this artistic and elegant brasserie will open with the reassurance of converged IT and Internet solutions provided by QDOS-sbl Group.
Richard Caring, Chairman of Caprice Holdings said: “When you think of the capital city of the world you think of London. In the future when you think of London restaurants I hope you will think of Brasserie of Light which is a new look spectacle where the input of Damien Hirst, Martin Budinski and the absolute strength of Selfridges has resulted in something very beautiful.”
The centrepiece to the restaurant, “and in keeping with the Caprice style” is a 24ft crystal encrusted Pegasus statue with a 30 foot wingspan, created exclusively for the restaurant by Damien Hirst. Pegasus, “will soar over diners with hooves lifted, while an East facing aspect floods the space with natural light.”
Anne Pitcher, Managing Director at Selfridges, said: “It has been an exciting journey working with Richard Caring and his team on this project, and for what promises to be a spectacular new addition to the Selfridges restaurant portfolio and London’s culinary map.”
QDOS-sbl were approached by Caprice Holdings having previously provided converged IT and Internet solutions for the Ivy Collection; the first contract being the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden in 2014, followed by a further 30 Ivy Collection restaurants nationwide over the past four years.
The requirements of the Brasserie of Light were assessed in order to provide an IT LAN Network including HP PC’s and printers supporting Google Apps for Business, enabling user access to email, and collaboration tools along with online cloud storage and business-grade network security – encryption, email security, mobile security and unified threat management. In order to support Internet access for all diners and staff, QDOS provided a 100Mbps Fibre Leased Line with a resilient backup circuit. The circuit is securely partitioned for the back-office Internet and for guest usage. Ruckus Zonedirector and Wireless Access Points support a simple and straightforward centralised WLAN solution, with Captini providing social WiFi marketing, building customer loyalty and reputation management to drive repeat business. Ongoing, QDOS-sbl will provide 24/7 x 365 remote IT service desk and on-site maintenance service support to the restaurant.
Simon Catterick, Chief Executive of QDOS-sbl Group said“Having supplied converged IT and Internet solutions to the Ivy Collection restaurants nationwide, we were delighted to be awarded another contract by Caprice Holdings. Like the other Caprice restaurants we expect the chic, contemporary, artistic and elegant, Brasserie of Light to be very popular and we look forward to providing ICT services to this impressive destination all-day dining restaurant and bar set within Selfridges department store.”