Chef and restauranteur John Molnar is to leave the Nottingham-based pub group he launched 11 years ago to focus on growing his fish and chips brand, the Cod’s Scallops.
The move comes as John plans to add a fourth Cod’s Scallops to the three he already operates in Sherwood, Wollaton and Long Eaton by the end of the year, as well as launch a new development kitchen based on the top floor of the Sherwood site, which will be open to the public for masterclasses, pop-up dining and private dinners.
The Moleface Pub Company, which has sites in Nottingham, will be run by John’s former business partners Matthew Cullen, Simon Patterson and Matthew Saunders. John will, however, take over the running of one of the group’s sites, Lord Nelson at Burton Joyce.
Commenting on his departure, John said: “I’ve enjoyed 11 brilliant years at Moleface Pub Company, but I would now like to focus on making my Cod’s Scallops business a world-class fish and chips brand. I also want to continue to play my part in the revival of the high street fishmonger by promoting the successful fish counters we operate in our restaurants.”
Launched in 2011, the Cod’s Scallops specialises in serving more than 20 species of fish on a daily basis, all cooked fresh to order “baked, battered or naked”, while also boasting a fish counter for customers to buy fresh fish to cook themselves.
A keen supporter of healthy eating, John will remain committed to evolving the menus at the Cod’s Scallops’ three sites with his range of grilled and baked fish which come with daily changing, seasonal salads. John will be joined at the Cod’s Scallops by chef Leroy Allen, who has cooked alongside him for 17 years.
Other developments at the Cod’s Scallops include the introduction of wine preservation system Corivan, enabling Molnar’s team to offer customers “a beautiful glass of Chablis” with their classic cod and chips.
Read our recent interview with John Molnar by clicking here