Mercedes dealership has opened its doors in Moscow
A Mercedes dealership has opened at the former ZIL industrial zone. Sergey Sobyanin stopped in to look at the company’s new office.
“This is a new center of attraction for Muscovites and a new point that gives additional income to the city. All this together enlivens an old place that was neglected and abandoned just a few years ago,” the Moscow Mayor noted.
The territory of the former Likhachev plant continues to be transformed. “One after another, buildings that were in serious disrepair are being reconstructed and adapted to modern life,” Sergey Sobyanin said.
Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and head of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division, thanked the city authorities for the opportunity to establish a dealership. “If we can contribute to the revitalization of this part of the city, then it will be a winning situation for everyone. When I say we, I mean our partners, our investors who have invested in this project, our clients,” he added.
The Mercedes dealership located on the former ZIL industrial zone will sell new Mercedеs-Benz cars, pre-owned Mercedes-Benz Certified cars, and pre-owned cars from other brands, as well as offer the full range of maintenance services. The dealership has five floors with a space for Mercedes-Benz cars, an area for pre-owned cars, a showroom, a sales zone, administrative buildings, a parking lot, and a service area.
22 post have been created for vehicle maintenance, and up to 60 cars can be serviced at the center every day. There are a lot of areas for interacting with clients with screens and tablet, as well as open spaces. In the future, there will also be pop-up boutiques (temporary outlets) for various luxury brands.
Mercedes-Benz has opened a car plant in Russia
A factory that manufactures Mercedes-Benz cars started operating at the Esipovo industrial park in the Moscow region. This is the first foreign manufacturing plant that has been launched after the sanctions in 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the opening ceremony for the plant. Other guests included Chairman of Daimler AG Dieter Zetsche, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, and Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobev.
“We’re witnessing a very pleasant and important event for our car market,” Vladimir Putin said during his opening speech, “the opening of a car plant of yet another major company that is well-known both domestically and internationally, Mercedes-Benz. I know that the dialogue went on for a long time, and the company came a long way to make this investment decision. We want to thank our colleagues from Mercedes-Benz that they have made this decision and have implemented it. It took 1.5 years to build this plant, and I’ve just learned that the company plans to manufacture 25,000 cars a year in four different models. Almost a thousand people will be working at the plant. 500-700 people are already working here now, and the first assembly is already underway, as we can see. About 4 billion rubles will be paid into all levels of the budget system over the next 10 years, and the total amount invested in the plant will reach 19 billion rubles.”
The President looked at the assembly process for E-class sedans, and left his autograph on one of the cars.
The construction of the plant at Esipovo began in June 2017. Over the next nine years, Daimler plans to invest over €250 million into the manufacturing site. The plant will manufacture E-class sedans, and later GLE, GLC and GLS SUVs.
The opening of a new plant in the Moscow region is a strategic decision by the global manufacturer that was based on a lot of qualitative and quantitative research. The Moscow region is well-connected in terms of materials and technology, is close to the capital, and has a lot of highly qualified staff. The car manufacturing plant will cover all stages of production, from the body shop to the paint shop and the final assembly of the car.
New brand: Moscow’s first food mall
A new gastronomic quarter called “Depot. Moscow” has opened inside the renovated complex of the former Miusskoe tram depot. It’s located at Lesnaya Ulitsya 20. “The establishment of this kind of gastronomic quarter, the largest one in Europe, is a landmark event because we’ve worked for many years to transform Moscow’s markets into something new, something different from what existed before, when people walked in, made their purchases, and left,” Sergey Sobyanin said.
According to him, the capital’s markets have become a new brand that attracts both Muscovites and the city’s guests. “There is a big difference between what we saw 10 years ago or six-seven years ago – markets where stands were set up in puddles and dirt and didn’t feature high-quality products – and what we see today. There have been a lot of qualitative changes,” the Mayor of Moscow added.
In 2016, the depot was recognized as a cultural heritage site – a monument to late 19th century industrial architecture. The total area of the buildings comprises 20 340 square meters. The depot is an example of the so-called brick style characteristic of late 19th century industrial architecture. It features elements of both Russian architecture and Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
In 2017, the Miusskoe depot buildings were leased for 49 years in order to renovate the space and establish a gastronomic quarter on the premises. During the project’s preparatory stages, professionals in charge of the renovations carefully studied photographs, sketches and documents from the archives. The restoration work itself was carried out in 2017-2019. As a result, the complex now has the same exterior appearance it did when it was first erected.
“A few years ago, there were only ruins here, and this unique monument to 19th century industrial architecture was in complete disrepair. I believe we made the right decision by handing it over to investors and conducting a complex, difficult restoration project,” Sergey Sobyanin said. About 20,000 square meters of walls have been restored.
An expedition to Ivanovskaya, Vologoda, and Vladimir Oblast was organized in order to find 300,000 rare, large bricks. Moreover, unique cast-iron window frames were restored in the buildings, along with brick arches, lintels, columns, and brick decorative elements. The historical fence has also been cleaned up, retaining two pillars from the late 19th century.
There are currently 75 restaurants and cafes operating in the gastronomic space, which can seat 1,400 people. In the summertime, the number of seats can be doubled and even tripled with the help of summer terraces.
The farmer’s market, which can accommodate 140 stands, sells fresh produce from just about every region in Russia. The gastronomic quarter also has souvenir stands, athletic and music clubs, and a children’s play center.
The second floor will house coworking spaces for work and holding creative meetings. The Depot will also host cultural and entertainment programs. Visitors can expect gastronomic festivals and fairs, workshops, parties, and concerts. It’s expected that the gastronomic quarter will host 5-7,000 people a day on weekdays, and 10-12,000 people a day on the weekends.
“On our end, the city has made improvements to the nearby streets, so this is now a unified public space,” the Mayor of Moscow said.
Developments in the city’s hotel business
Last year, over 23 million tourists visited Moscow. Overall, tourist volumes have increased by 84% since 2010. In 2019, the city plans to open 17 new hotels – this number is four times higher than in 2018. The Moscow government is encouraging investment in hotel construction, taking into account the prospects in tourist volume growth.
“Tourist volumes in Moscow grow every year, and last year 23.5 million people visited our city. There is also the concept of ‘excursion flows’ – these are people who come to Moscow, but don’t stop to spend the night. These tourist numbers comprised a total of 56 million people last year. This is an astronomical figure,” Sergey Sobyanin said. According to him, the capital attracts tourists, including people from the Central Federal District, along with people who stop by the city on their way somewhere else.
“The tourism industry is becoming more significant for the city’s economy every year, and of course it would be impossible to imagine tourism without hotels. Over the past few years, over 50 quality hotels have been erected in Moscow,” the Mayor of Moscow added. During a work trip, he visited Vnukovo airport and the DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Vnukovo Airport.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Vnukovo Airport was built less than a year ago. It was already hosting visitors back back in June 2018, during the World Cup. Vnukovo International Airport was the developer for the project, and investment volumes totaled over 1.5 billion rubles. 200 new jobs were created as a result.
“Vnukovo Airport is developing well in terms of the hotel business – a fourth facility has now been built on airport grounds. A high-quality hotel. I hope that this hotel will give additional impetus to the development of tourism and help provide services to the people traveling through Moscow, through the Vnukovo airport,” Sergey Sobyanin noted.
The international hotel chain Hilton is the hotel’s operator. DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Vnukovo Airport is the chain’s fifth hotel in Moscow. It’s also DoubleTree’s largest property across continental Europe, as well as the first CIS hotel that is located in an international airport.
The total area of the 11-story building is over 30,000 square meters. The hotel is located directly across the main entrance to Terminal A, and is connected to the terminal with an underground crossway. There are 432 rooms for visitors, a quarter of which are equipped to accommodate guests with disabilities. The hotel features a large conference space with an area of 1,100 square meters. It includes nine halls, two of which are multi-purpose convertible rooms.
There is also a business center, a restaurant that specializes in Russian cuisine, and two bars. One of the bars is located on the 11th floor, which features a panoramic view of the airfield. Guests have access to a fitness center with a pool, a Turkish spa, and a gym.
The hotel fits in perfectly with the airport’s infrastructure. There are bus stops nearby, a taxi stop, and an underground station for aeroexpress trains that go to Kievsky Railway Station. The city is currently working on extending the Solntsevskaya metro line to the airport, and the new stretch of the metro will begin operations in 2022.
Reno Russia IT Solutions Center
An IT Solutions Center from the Reno Russia will soon open in the capital. An agreement regarding the establishment of the center was signed by the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and the CEO of Reno Russia Andrey Pankov.
“This is a landmark event, because foreign manufacturers are not simply manufacturing their products in Moscow, but are establishing intellectual development centers that prompt the development of new equipment and new projects,” Sergey Sobyanin said, “and what’s really important is that they’re trying to jointly address the challenges of the auto industry and the city’s problems.”
“This means driving on roads, paying for parking, city services, traffic control, and so on. It’s a major pool that is related to self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. And the establishment of a center like this is significant for us, because we’re organizing it jointly with a world-famous foreign partner, one of the most important players on the auto market,” the Mayor of Moscow added.
Reno Russia plans to invest at least 350 million rubles into the project to establish the IT solutions center. The agreement will be in effect for five years.
Today, the Moscow Renault factory is a full-cycle enterprise for the manufacture of motor vehicles. It has the highest degree of manufacturing localization (over 60 percent) among foreign car manufacturers operating in Russia.
Over 755,000 cars have been manufactured at the plant in Moscow in 2013-2018. Every year, around 10 percent of cars manufactured in Moscow are exported. The plant’s key clients are CIS countries. However, this geographic reach is expanding and exports to Persian Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain) are on the rise.
In 2013-2017, the corporation’s investments into the development of the Moscow plant amounted to 14.3 billion rubles.
In February 2018, the main provisions of the Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Moscow and Reno Russia were extended for another three years. In the next few years, the enterprise plans to launch the manufacture of two new car models (in 2018, the plant presented the Renault Arkana, and mass production will begin in 2019).
In order to improve product quality and increase the number of manufactured cars, the company is upgrading the plant’s manufacturing capacities. A project for the introduction and use of self-driving vehicles for innovative automated production will also be implemented.
South Korean Budang Hospital to open a clinic in Skolkovo
Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin has announced that the South Korean Seoul National University Bundang Hospital will take part in the International Medical Cluster at Skolkovo. The hospital’s key areas of focus will be oncology, cardiology, rehabilitation, traumatology and orthopaedics, as well as comprehensive medical check-ups.
Over 26,000 patients will be able the receive treatment there every year.
The appearance of one of the world’s best medical centers in Russia will enable healthcare professionals to undergo training and exchange experience in the sphere of medicine.
The “smart hospital of the future” will launch operations in 2022. The establishment will be a copy of the hospital in South Korea.
Over the course of 10-15 years, around 15 clinics that specialize in treating the most severe and common diseases – oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, traumatology, and neurology – will appear at the Skolkovo International Medical Cluster. The cluster will be able to serve 300,000 patients a year.
The development of a transport infrastructure will give impetus to the territory’s development as well: the Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya metro line will be extended to Skolkovo, which means getting to the cluster will be fast and convenient.
A historic quarter has been recreated next to the Ulitsya 1905 Goda metro station
The Lucky residential quarter with a total area of 4.5 hectares will be fully complete by 2021. The project entails the revitalization of the existing quarter, including the preservation of 7 historical buildings, the construction of 8 residential buildings, and the establishment of a socio-cultural cluster with its own parking lots located across an areas of 1.5 hectares.
The quarter is located 200 meters away from the Ulitsya 1905 Goda metro station. The total area of the buildings will comprise 180,000 square meters. The project entails a combination of modern buildings with carefully restored buildings from the beginning of the 20th century.
The historical buildings, surrounded by green labyrinths of parks and walkways made out of red brick, give the quarter a unique identity and highlight the architectural evolution of the space. The project will also be complemented by eight new 13-21 story buildings located along the perimeter of the historical developments. There will also be an underground parking lot for 850 cars for residents.
The historical buildings will house and educational center, athletic studios, a private kindergarten, an event hall, exhibition spaces, photography studios, cafes, restaurants, and farmer shops. Over a third of the quarter’s area will be occupied by park spaces: a green labyrinth, squares, alleys, a French park with baskets, and two gardens. All public spaces will be open and accessible.
The educational center will house language schools, art studios, public speaking courses, and a space for lectures. A gym, a 25-meter pool, and a SPA with a Turkish sauna will occupy a separate building. The building’s roof will accommodate a garden and a heated pool that can be used year-round.
The central square with cozy cafes and restaurants deserves a special mention. It will bring together the landmark facilities of the quarter’s infrastructure. Events that are of interest to the quarter’s residents will take place here: an ice rink in the winter, and a gastronomic festival in the summer. The square also houses an open amphitheatre for lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.
Establishing a National Space Center
Roskosmos has announced that the city has begun work on establishing a National Space Center at the Khrunichev Center in the west of the capital.
President Vladimir Putin called for the establishment of the space center during his address to the Federal Assembly on February 27. The new facility should begin operations in January 2020. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin have been appointed to head up the project.
The aerospace cluster will house the head divisions of key rocket and space industry organizations, design bureaus, and specialized structural subdivisions of research and educational organizations.
Work on the center will entail clearing out manufacturing facilities, creating more compact operations for the Khrunichev Center, the establishment of a joint enterprise with the Government of Moscow, and the design and construction of a new complex of buildings. The space will bring together over 20,000 Roscosmos designers and engineers. The total area of the center’s buildings will amount to 250,000 square meters. Development of the district’s infrastructure and the construction of a car and pedestrian bridge across the Moscow River, along with a connection to the metro’s Big Ring Line will also be necessary.
According to the information provided by Roscosmos, the project will take three to four years to complete. This timeline includes work on the design and construction of new buildings for the center.
An industrial park on Varshavskoye Highway
The city will soon have its first industrial park, which will be built on the Nizhniye Kotly platform. It’s currently operating out of the Automation and Technical Physics Research Institute.
The innovative platform will occupy a space of 8.3 hectares. The total area of the buildings will amount to 80,900 square meters. It will host scientific research and development projects in the spheres of natural and technical sciences, including nuclear medicine and radiation technology. The industrial park will also produce tools and instruments for measuring, testing, and navigation. Technical control, trials, and analysis will be another sphere the park will specialize in.
Innovative manufacturing is also set to be established here. The list of manufactured products will include positron emission tomography, single photon electronic computed tomography, a complex for intracavitary and interstitial therapy, a remote unit for radiation therapy, and other modern advanced medical equipment.
Large-scale modernization and renovation of the manufacturing and laboratory buildings is scheduled to take place in 2019-2023 within the scope of the project to establish the industrial park. Approximate investment volumes amount to 2.1 billion rubles, and an additional 500 jobs will be created.
The Moscow government will provide the industrial park with incentives for the entire duration of the contract. The regional part of the income tax will be reduced from 17 to 12.5 percent. The property tax will be nullified, and the land tax will be reduced by 99 percent.
The first bridge for planes in Russia to open in Sheremetyevo
The third landing and takeoff strip at Sheremetyevo Airports and Russia’s first bridge for airplanes will be introduced this year.
Right now, the airport has two landing and take-off strips. A third strip, which will be relatively far from the airport’s main terminals, is currently being constructed to increase throughput capacity. It will be located across Sheremetyevo highway and the Klyazma River. In order for planes to cover this distance, a decision was made to create a special pathway at the airport. The construction project, which began in 2014, is already complete. The only thing that’s left is to make the final improvements to the territory. The bridge will be able to accommodate 30 airplanes an hour. It will be 65 meters in width (wider than MKAD), and over 400 meters long. There are special screens above the highway in order to protect cars from the jet wind from the plane’s jet engine.
The bridge has already been tested for durability with the help of trucks loaded with sand: there were a total of 18 dump trucks weighing 41 tons each. The total weight of all vehicles amounted to about 740 tons.
The bridge can even handle one of the largest and most load-lifting airplanes in the world – the An-225 Mriya, which weighs about 600 tons. It can also handle the world’s largest passenger airliner – the Airbus А380.
The largest waterpark in Eastern Europe to open at Luzhniki
A water park with waves for surfing, a lazy river, pools, a speleotherapy cave, and unique rides will open its doors at the Luzhiki Palace of Water Sports soon. The park is 70% complete already, and the opening is scheduled to take place this year. The waterpark will be one of the largest of its kind in Russia and Eastern Europe. What makes this park truly unique is its location in the center of Moscow, right next to Vorobyovy Gory metro station. The complex will have a sliding roof, along with rides that don’t exist anywhere else in Russia.
Moreover, the construction of the new park entails the use of new automation, water supply, and multimedia system technologies. The water park will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 people a day. It will be a space for the whole family located across 6 floors. The complex will have underground parking, a children’s center, a coat check, a shopping center, restaurants, and a fitness cafe.
There will be a total of 9 entertainment pools in the water park – a wave pool, a lazy river, a swimming pool with an open-air area, a partially outdoor thermal pool, three vitality pools, and two pools for children.
There will also be 3 athletic swimming pools. The larger pool is 50 meters in length, with two 25-meter pools on either side. The waterpark rides created by the leading global manufacturer White Water will be the first of their kind in Russia. There will be a separate water park for children, and all rides will be equipped with a automated safety systems.
Muscovites will also have a wellness complex with banyas, a speleotherapy cave, an ice fountain and a shower alley, treatment rooms, and a sling-chair leisure area. The entrance to the thermal complex will run through the water park. The services can either be included in the water park ticket price (a package deal), or sold separately.
A restaurant that seats 250 people and a cafe that seats 40 will be located on the first floor. A self-service express cafe will open on the second floor of the water park, the fitness cafe will be located inside the thermal and wellness center on the third floor, and a cafe with supplements for athletes will open on the fifth floor
The water park is equipped with an advanced water conditioning system – there are 32 filters, ozone treatment systems, and an ultraviolet water purification system.
A transformer roof made out of polycarbonate covers half of the buildings. The two sections will split down the middle and open above the lazy river. The light and durable material will last for at least 50 years.
The unique wall carvings that adorn the pool’s facade have been preserved and made part of the interior. There are also Olympic rings – a reference to the 1980 Olympic Games, during which the Russian national team won gold medals in the old pool. Moreover, the authentic colonnade has been recreated as well.
The Luzhniki Olympic Complex will serve as Russia’s main athletic park. Renovation and construction work is still being carried out across its 13 facilities. After the project is complete, 5 million people will visit Luzhniki every year.
Buro TSUM. This panoramic, elegant restaurant on the fifth floor of TSUM is the ideal spot for meetings in the center, breakfasts with a view of the Bolshoi Theatre, and romantic dinners featuring some of the best wines in the world. There is a separate entrance to the restaurant from Petrovka Street, or you can take an elevator up in the center of TSUM. There is freshly baked bread, tartars and crudo made out of fresh seafood and vegetables, and original dishes fixed with asian spices and herbs. The restaurant’s Lyon Grill adds and important touch – it maximizes air circulation so that the meat and fish cook faster and come out even juicier. The restaurant uses the grill to cook octopus, scallops, rack of lamb and T-bone steak. Starting in June, the restaurant will open a beautiful open terrace that can seat 150 people and has one of the best views of the Bolshoi Theatre, Petrovka, and Neglinnaya Street in Moscow.
SAKHALIN. 88 meters above ground in Moscow’s historical center, a 360 degree view of the city’s Stalin buildings, the Garden Ring, Moscow City, and the Kremlin (Smolenskaya 8, Azimut Moscow Smolenskaya Hotel). There is a wide selection of seafood: shellfish, crabs, shrimp, and fish from Russia’s Far East. Russian products in combination with Mediterranean and Asian dishes and cooking styles come together to create a new kind of MediterrAsian cuisine. The restaurant space takes up two floors: the first floor features a bar, an ice display with delicacies, an open kitchen and sushi bar, a marble booth, and wine racks. There are wide grey couches, large orange chairs, and big tables covered with white tablecloths. The top floor, which looks more like a balcony, houses another bar area and seating for parties of two to four people.
CULT. This wine+kitchen establishment opened its doors on the second floor of a manor house on Arbatsky Pereulok 2/6. The bar specializes in wine, with prices starting at 350 rub per glass. The wine list features orange and dessert wines, as well as cider. There is also an affordable food menu with a wide selection of tapas, snacks and hot dishes cooked over an open fire. Plus, the restaurant bakes its own bread and is getting ready to start making its own desserts as well. The overall vibe here can be described as modern eclecticism, in which theatricality is combined with constructivism and elements of Scandinavian aesthetics. On Fridays and Saturdays, the space will host DJs playing vinyl records. There will also be exhibitions, creative evenings, and artist get-togethers.
HELLO PEOPLE! This is a new Coffeemania project located inside the Depot.Moscow food mall on Lesnaya Ulitsya 20. Moscow has been ready for a fresh format for a long time, and it’s finally here. In this restaurant, the open kitchen and bar are part of the seating area, erasing the barriers between the cooks and guests. The menu features a no-frills selection of healthy food options. The dishes include creative takes on comfort food, and each selection features just five main ingredients. The chef prepares delicious, healthy meals out of vegetables, grains, Russian fish, and farm meat and poultry. There is a fresh take on drinks as well: this is the first restaurant in Russia that has coffee, tea, sparkling wine, aperol, and gin & tonic on tap.
KRABYKUTABY. This restaurant is part of the Depot. Moscow gastronomic project located at Lesnaya Ulitsya 20. It’s the largest restaurant in the space, located right in the center of the food mall. Just like the name suggests, the menu is split up into two main part. The first part isn’t just over a dozen different kinds of fresh crabs from all over the world, but also lobsters, shrimp, and other fish and seafood. The restaurant’s two rooms contain 5 ice displays with crabs and other treasures from the sea. The Kutaby menu has chebureki, khachapuri, khinkali, shawarma, and other delicious dishes from the Caucasus with a contemporary twist. These two menus don’t exist separately, but come together into a single, harmonious symphony. There is crab stuffing in the kutaby, chebureki, khinkali, and even inside the crunchy donuts prepared in accordance with all the key principles of pastry art. Overall, the menu features over 30 dishes and 10 different types of crab.
The restaurant also boasts one of the largest bars in the capital. The motto? Large portion sizes and excellent products at affordable prices. The average check here amounts to just 1,500 rubles.
CHINOOK. An original restaurant with Native American motifs has opened its doors on Pyatnitskaya Street, just a short walk away from Novokuznetskaya metro station. The name comes from a special delicacy: in Russia, this is one of the most valuable species of salmon, known in America by its Native American name chinook. This wild fish is the largest salmon species in the world. Wild salmon is shipped to the restaurant from Kamchatka. Chinook is a combination of two restaurants in one space. For now, there is just the first floor – a neo-bistro style restaurant with an open kitchen and a menu that is based on the culinary traditions of northern Native Americans – corn, pumpkin, beans, quinoa, sweet potatoes, dried meat and, of course, wild salmon. In the near future, a gastropub with an open kitchen will be commissioned in the basement of the building, which will be dedicated to the culinary traditions of southern Native Americans. The main focus of the menu will be Peruvian cuisine, which merged the traditions of southern Native Americans, Japanese and Chinese cuisines. There will also be a secret bar with cocktails based on mango, passion fruit, and other tropical fruits.
TARTAR IT! This restaurant on Petrovka specializes in raw fish and meat, fresh oysters and original cocktails. It serves beef and tuna tartare, as well as more creative tartare dishes made out of celery or Crimean oysters. There are ten variations of the main dish on the menu, which will be changed regularly. Beef tartare is served with quail egg yolk mousse and horseradish meringue, which is prepared with the help of nitrogen emulsion. Tuna tartare is served with Kumato tomatoes guacamole and parmesan. The Crimean oyster tartare is prepared with mango, avocado and blackberry caviar. Vegetable tartare is made from celery root, Conkasse tomatoes, and Enoki mushrooms with celery mousse and cream. Kamchatka crab salad with tomatoes and avocado is served with golden fried funchoza under honey and homemade mayonnaise (800 rubles), and salmon salad is served with cucumbers on avocado mousse with green olive oil (590 rubles). The space features high, early 20th century wooden ceilings and is designed for 30 seats. There is also a bar area combined with an open kitchen. One of the walls is made completely out glass. In the summer, the restaurant will remove it to have an open space. The wine list features both Old World and New World selections starting at 270 rub per glass, and the bar’s specialty is original cocktails.
AVOCADO QUEEN. This restaurant features healthy comfort food, original cocktails, and light interiors (Malaya Bronnaya Ulitsya 20, bldg.1). The key ingredient here is avocado, which has quickly become popular in Moscow. It’s included in 28 dishes, which is almost two-thirds of the entire menu. Different kinds of avocados are shipped here from the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, and Columbia. But the menu isn’t limited to avocado-based dishes. There are also three different kinds of pasta (from 620 rub.), grilled meat (from 690 rub.), soups (from 390 rub), burrata with persimmon (790 rub.), and stracciatella with broccoli and date dressing (850 rub.). There is also a wide selection of smoothies, featuring combinations like basil and dates, avocado and chia seeds, aloe juice and raspberry, and pumpkin with pear and maple syrup (there are five kinds of smoothies from 200 rub.). This restaurant is an equally good fit for fans of healthy food, people with a sweet tooth, and meat and wine loves. The restaurant opens at 9.00am and features an original breakfast selection from chef Glen Ballis.