new food and drink concept coming to brighton

There seems to be have been rather a flurry of new openings in the last few months and now, here’s another one! Not that we’re complaining, of course. It’s no secret how much we love our food and drink here at BOTI so we’re super excited about 640 East, a new community-first food and drink concept set to take over the former Silo site in the North Laine this November.

The brainchild of Brighton-based couple Ross Blake and Alice Duvernois, 640 East will be focusing on good quality coffee, brunch and small plates by day, moving onto local beers and good quality wines paired with locally inspired small plates in the evening, promising a relaxed but fun atmosphere that switches up a notch as day shifts to night. Sounds right up our street!

The pair have been building ‘ready-made’ container bars since 2014 and opened their first permanent 640 East site in Canary Wharf in April 2017. In case you’re wondering about the name, 640 is the square footage of two containers and East London is where the brand was born!

Next came an opening in Bristol and another in a railway arch in London’s Bethnal Green, but the couple have been waiting for the right space to come along so they could bring the experience to Brightoners, too. “We’ve lived in Brighton for five years and we’ve always felt the 640 East concept would work well here,” said Ross, adding that it was all about waiting for the right space, with the Silo site bringing “a slightly edgier touch” to all-day dining.

“We really pride ourselves on delivering a friendly space that you can head to for good conversations over coffee and stick around to share interesting food and quality wine with friends, with a backdrop of a DJ on a Saturday evening,” he added.

So what can we expect food and drink-wise? They’ll be serving up high-quality sustainably sourced Caravan coffee with a daytime menu of healthy-led fruit and grain-based small plates to the 640 East take on cooked brunch dishes. And they’ve thought about those of us who just want to pick up a takeaway coffee, too: they’ll have a grab and go station at the front of the site, making it easy for locals to use the 640 East app to pre-order their coffee and even a healthy breakfast or lunch while they’re there.

In the evenings, an exciting local chef residency (we’ll let you know more soon!) will be taking over the kitchen bringing a local touch to small-plate dining. With 640 East Brighton all about collaboration, they’ll also be launching a series of events to give up-and-coming chefs and local producers the chance to showcase their creation and concept in the space.

“In Brighton & Hove there are so many incredible food and drink producers and chefs, so we’re really excited about being able to work with them. The kitchen space downstairs is huge, making it the perfect experimental space for local chefs who don’t have their own premises. It’s great to be able to support local talent and share the space so they can play around with their concept and get it out there in the community,” said Ross. Hear hear, said BOTI.

Soft launch collaborations will kick off at the end of October and the site is due to open in November – watch this space for more information as we get it!

39 Upper Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 4AN