Gates Hospitality's Naim Maadad has confirmed to Caterer Middle East that a new Italian concept Via Veneto will be launched at the site previously held by Fume Downtown Dubai and will be ready to receive customers at the end of the month.

Just last month, Fume shut down its Manzil Downtown Dubai branch. The European-Asian fusion restaurant which is popular in Dubai Marina's Pier 7, opened its second Dubai location in Manzil Downtown Dubai in 2015.

"It's understood that Fume only recieved its alcohol licence 14 months after they opened to the public," Maadad adds. 

Via Veneto will be headed by ex-Boca chef Maxime Le Van. 

According to Le Van's LinkedIn page, he says: "Very excited to be part of the opening team and heading the culinary developments for a brand new Italian restaurant made in Dubai by Gates Hospitality.  The two floored, licensed restaurant will be ideally located on Emaar Boulevard, right at the centre of Downtown Dubai."

Le Van has previously worked at Embassy Dubai’s Kitchen 45 restaurant.

Maadad adds that the venue at Manzil Downtown Dubai is a prime location in Downtown Dubai.

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