Mr Lyan Expands Cocktail Empire to the US and Amsterdam
The Drinks Business
Ryan Chetiyawardana, the man behind the World’s Best Cocktail Bar, has announced plans to expand his cocktail empire beyond London for the first time, opening new sites in Amsterdam and the US, as well as a rebrand of its Dandelyan bar in London.
While White Lyan closed in 2016, the focus on sustainability remains at Chetiyawardana’s subsequent venues, which include Super Lyan, Dandelyan and cocktail restaurant, Cub.
This year Dandelyan, housed at the Mondrian (now Sea Containers) Hotel in London, was named the best cocktail bar in the world by the World’s 50 Best Bars team. Days prior to confirming the win, Chetiyawardana announced that Dandelyan would close after four years.
Now the entrepreneur has confirmed plans, via his Instagram page, to open three new sites, expanding his reach beyond London for the first time.
Chetiyawardana aims to open Silver Lyan in Washington D.C by November, rebrand Dandelyan as Lyaness, and to move his Super Lyan bar from its London home inside the basement of cocktail restaurant Cub to a new space in Amsterdam.
Announcing the expansion, Chetiyawardana explained: “The name “Lyan” was a derivative of my name harking back to kids mispronouncing ‘Ryan’ as Lion (see the super adorable children’s drawing discovered at Mama Chet’s for reference) and given the family nature of our company, and the desire to create a personal link between our various projects, it seemed the ideal anchor for the business.
“We also always wanted to have diverse projects – something that felt authentic, and as a compliment to the other wonderful, passionate projects out there, and to create platforms for the team to do their amazingness day in day out – so when you see the word Lyan, you know it’s ours, and stands for our unique take on accessible innovation, and the desire to have something inclusive, fun and honest that helps bring people together. And this includes the ones we kill.
“White Lyan, Dandelyan, (Lyan) Cub [def not being killed!] will always be part of the family (look out for zombie versions coming to life soon) but it gives me huge pride to announce our latest endeavours, and first explorations outside our beloved London: LYANESS (London), SUPER LYAN (Amsterdam) and SILVER LYAN (Washington DC) — all opening this year! Did say 2019 was gonna be a big year for Team Lyan.”
Iconic South Bank hotel to be run independently
LONDON, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As of today, January 15, 2019, award-winning South Bank design hotel, Mondrian London will officially become Sea Containers London. Paying homage to the history of the iconic building in which the hotel sits, the new name will also mark the hotel’s independent status, as it will now be managed by Lore Group, as part of its collection of independent hotels.
Sea Containers London on the River Thames in the South Bank Neighborhood
Lore Group – an international hospitality company operating in Europe and the United States – will take over the management of the property from sbe. The seamless transition will allow Sea Containers London to operate as normal with an on-property team.
Sea Containers London will continue to house riverside eatery, Sea Containers Restaurant, as well as the award-winning Dandelyan bar from Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan). Sea Containers London also offers a rooftop bar, 12th Knot (formally Rumpus Room), featuring an outdoor terrace providing unparalleled views of the River Thames. The hotel’s acclaimed spa, agua, and Curzon cinema will continue to operate within the hotel as normal.
While the original Tom Dixon design of the hotel will largely remain the same following the transition, the hotel will receive a variety of interior updates that will build on the existing design. In addition to this, staff will model new uniforms, which nod to the golden age of transatlantic travel mixed with the contemporary street style of the South Bank.
As part of the hotel’s new status, Sea Containers London will debut a fresh graphic identity and branding to reflect the next chapter in the hotel’s history. A playful sense of humor has been incorporated into the Sea Containers London brand, with materials featuring classic images with pop art-style illustrations that reflect the nautical history of the building and the transatlantic design of the interiors.
Billy Skelli-Cohen, CEO, Lore Group comments: “We’re very excited about this new era and next step in the hotel’s story. Our incredible hotel team will continue to offer guests an unrivalled experience at Sea Containers London. We have lots of initiatives in the pipeline and look forward to welcoming all our guests in 2019 and beyond.”
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About Sea Containers London
Set within the iconic Sea Containers building – originally designed by American architect Warren Platner – on London’s South Bank, the hotel boasts 359 guest rooms and suites, Sea Containers restaurant serving modern ingredient-led cuisine, an award-winning experimental cocktail bar spearheaded by acclaimed barman Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan), and 12th Knot, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views over the River Thames. Designed by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of visionary Tom Dixon, Sea Containers London is also home to a maritime inspired 56-seat Curzon cinema and agua spa.
About Lore Group
Lore Group is an international hospitality company operating in Europe and the United States. In addition to its portfolio of hotel real estate assets, Lore Group also create and manage independent hotels under the Lore Collection. Lore Collection developed and managed the highly awarded Pulitzer, Amsterdam and has also recently announced its first hotel in North America – Riggs Washington, D.C – set to open in late 2019. For more information please visit loregroup.com.
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More info on Riggs hotel (and its rooftop event space) replacing Penn Quarter Courtyard
The Business Journals
The replacement for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Ninth and F streets NW in Penn Quarter will be called Riggs Washington D.C., a new independent hotel with an enclosed rooftop event space and an operator known for running hip European hotel properties.
It’s summer in Amsterdam and locals spill out of the traditional brown cafés on to canal corners for halves of beer. Way above is Soho House, with a top-floor bar that wraps around four corners of a courtyard, bringing the combination of cocktails and views to a city without any sign of a rooftop scene