It took a year of solid negotiation, but 5 Boroughs in Stones Corner is finally opening a second outlet. “This store has been over two years in the making,” co-owner Todd Clayton says, from the former site of Lido Cafe on Ascot’s Racecourse Road. “We finally took over the premises on Christmas Eve.”

Local favourite Lido seemed like it would never go out of business. Such was its staying power in an area that in recent years has almost been defined by change. But with The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen opposite, and both Taro’s Ramen and Fonzie Abbott Espresso just down the road, 5 Boroughs will feel like the final piece in a legitimate food and beverage precinct when it opens on March 5.

Clayton sees the Ascot store as a chance to do something slightly different with 5 Boroughs, which has made a name for itself at its original Stones Corner location with a more refined take on American food.

Inside will be a 35-seat bar featuring six beers on tap and an extensive wine list, while outside the team is putting the final touches on a Manhattan-style garden bar, inspired by Clayton and wife and business partner Marisa’s frequent trips to New York. “It’s not a beer garden as such,” Clayton says. “It’s a lot softer.”

Otherwise, chef Grant Faraway will again run the kitchen, embracing modern New York cuisine to give 5 Boroughs the edge over a very busy American pack.

“New York is a melting pot of everything, right through to food,” Clayton says. “Burgers is the cornerstone of what we do but there are also slow cooked ribs, and then Japanese and Hispanic influences on the menu, as well as Chinese … New York is this place of trends and we want to grab on to that.”

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5 Boroughs Ascot
120 Racecourse Road, Ascot