The world’s first ever Batman-themed restaurant is coming to London, UK and will feature Batman, Superman and other DC Comics characters, says Movie studio Warner Bros.
Park Row restaurant, named after the area of Gotham City where Batman’s arch enemies live, will offer a unique dining experience, more like a dinner show than your average restaurant meal out. Located in a space of 18,000 square feet, the venue will be inside the basement of an Art Deco building right in the heart of England’s Capital, so guests will seemingly enter by descending into Batman’s lair, the Batcave.
The restaurant will feature three bars and five very different dining environments, with prices starting at an average of £45 per person. Traditional British dishes will be served in the library-like atmosphere at Pennyworth’s, named after Batman’s butler, Alfred, whilst Old Gotham City, a villainous speakeasy, will serve cocktails and an area themed to femme fatale Harley Quinn will serve sushi. The largest are will be the Penguin’s opulent Iceberg Lounge restaurant which will offer an international menu as well as live entertainment and will continue the building’s Art Deco heritage, with marble floors and illuminated columns surrounding a circular central bar. A giant ice sculpture of the villainous penguin character will sit in the middle, whilst miniature models of its black umbrella hide the lights on the round marble dining tables encircled by blue velvet banquette seating. Monarch Theatre will be Park Row’s most expensive restaurant and will use projection mapping to bring Warner’s DC Comics stories to life on its walls, whilst guests enjoy a tasting menu at an average price of £120 per person.
3. The team
Park Row restaurant is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC and Wonderland Restaurants, a private equity-backed business founded by entrepreneur James Bulmer (who previously held senior roles for Disney and was chief executive at three Michelin-starred UK restaurant The Fat Duck). The interiors of the restaurant have been designed by Ab Rogers Design (ARD), run by son of architect Richard Rogers who designed London’s O2 Dome and 3 World Trade Center, among others. Innovation director Mark Garston also worked at the Fat Duck, a venue famous for its molecular gastronomy. This type of cookery uses science to develop food presented in unusual ways, such as solid cocktails, fruit jelly caviar and vegetable foams, so all sorts of surprises are to be expected from Park Row.
4. Delayed opening
Initially due to open last spring, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed Park Row’s opening and it now hopes to open later this year, so stay tuned!