Confirmed: Arzak Will Open in London in February

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Elena Arzak. Photo: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Michelin-star types have been a-twinklin' with the rumor for more than a month now that legendary Spanish chef Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena will open an Arzak outpost at the Halkin hotel in London. Today we find out that it's all true; the new project is called Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, and it'll will open in February of 2013. Ametsa means "dream" in Basque, Elena Arzak explains, adding that the new restaurant is "the dream of a kitchen beyond our frontiers, in the middle of London." The family's restaurant in Spain ranked eighth this year on S. Pellegrino's 50 Best List, and Elena Arzak was named Best Female Chef. The London restaurant will replace David Thompson's celebrated Nahm, which may close as early as December 15. [CatererSearch]