Ambulo reveal opening datePosted by: Ashley Birch
James O'Hara and Matt Helders having a brew. Photo credit: India Hobson
... and you won’t have long to wait!
The first of two cafes from Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders and the team behind Public, The Great Gatsby and Picture House Social will open this Saturday, 9 February.
Ambulo, inside Sheffield’s Millenium Gallery is the first venue in a collaboration with Museums Sheffield, which will also see Weston Park Museum’s cafe transformed.
Work will get under way soon at Weston Park and another quick turnaround is hoped for. In the meantime, museum-goers can check out Ambulo’s all day cafe concept in the Millenium Gallery from Saturday.
Arctic’s drummer Matt today told VIBE that he hopes the place is somewhere ‘relaxed, that people want to come to’ and that it reflects the best qualities of the places he likes to visit on his travels. Speaking back in December he said: “Me and James (O’Hara, Public’s co-owner) have been friends for a long time and we've been chatting about opening a restaurant for years.
“It’s great to be working with his team to bring Ambulo to life and particularly great to be doing this together in our home town.
“With my 'day job' I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world, it’s great to bring some of what I’ve seen and experienced back to Sheffield, I can't wait to have a place where all our friends, family and the people of the city can eat, drink and hang out"
James O’Hara, Co-founder of The Rockingham Group with James Hill, which operates Public as well as The Great Gatsby and Picture House Social in Sheffield, said: “Ambulo is something that we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a good few years, just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and we’re so happy to be able to do this by teaming up with Museums Sheffield.
“To be able to call Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum our new homes is very exciting.”
Museums Sheffield’s Chief Executive, Kim Streets says, “Our ambition is for the city’s museums and galleries to be welcoming, social spaces that are part of everyone’s lives. We want people to have an amazing experience when they come through the doors and Ambulo is going to play a really important part in that. We’re really thrilled to be welcoming James, James, Matt and the team on board.”
Part of that team are local lads Rocket Design, who have made Matt and James’s (sometimes mad) ideas a reality, as well as India Hobson, who has once again captured the venue beautifully in these images.
Bookings are now being taken on our website.