WHAT’S NEW #18

Fan zone at 2018 FIFA World cup

In 2018, Moscow will become the center for the World Cup. The Big Sports Arena at Luzhniki and the Spartak Stadium will serve as the official stadiums for the matches. The World Cup will take place on June 14 - July 15, 2018. The Confederations Cup, which serves as a kind of practice round for national teams, will take place at the Spartak Stadium on June 17 - July 2, 2017. At the end of 2017, the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Moscow.

A 140 square meter media screen will be installed at Vorobyevy Gory for the 2018 World Cup. The screen will show live broadcasts of all FIFA matches. The screen will serve as a central point for the festival’s fans. Below will be a stage that will host performances by Russian and foreign entertainers. Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout the entire fan fest territory.

According to the head of the Moscow Department of Sports and Tourism Nikolay Gulyaev, the stage will be decorated with elements that symbolize football and the City of Moscow. “The fan fest will undoubtedly be the best place to spend time during the World Cup, other than the stadiums,” Nikolay Gulyev said.

The FIFA fan festival will be located across from the Lomonosov MSU building. The platform at Vorobyevy Gory will open two hours before the beginning of the first match and close after the last game of the day. The fan zone will have commentators for the matches for the entire 25 days of the championship. The area will also have special places in the front rows for people with disabilities.

The area will have an information center for tourists with bilingual staff who will be able to talk to guests in Russian and English, and will have information about the most popular famous attractions in Moscow and Russia in general. Fans will also have an opportunity to visit the biggest souvenir store with 2018 World Cup memorabilia. It will be located either inside of the fun zone or at the entrance and will feature brand name clothes, t-shirts, footballs and other souvenirs.

Moreover, the FIFA fan festival will have a food court and stands where tourists will be able to buy matryoshkas, Khokhloma crafts and much more. FIFA will finalize the final list of products that will be on sale.

Free buses from Kievskaya metro station and Luzhniki Stadium will transport guests to the fan zone. They buses will be able to transport 2,500 people per hour. The shuttles will most likely be decorated with FIFA logos. Cyclists will be able to park their bikes at the bike parking lot in front of the fan zone.

The fan zone at Vorobyevy Gory will be able to accommodate 40,000 fans and its total area will encompass 36,000 square meters. There will be festival platforms across 11 cities, where 267,000 fans will be able to cheer their teams on at the same time.

870 hotels receive ratings

All Moscow hotels have been rated in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 870 hotels with a total of 58,100 rooms received ratings, ranging from “five stars” to “no stars.” 27 hotels in the capital received 5-star ratings, 74 hotels were rated 4 stars, and 184 hotels were rated 3 stars. 98 hotels were rated two stars and another 40 got one-star ratings. Another 447 hotels, including 230 hostels, received no stars. Hotels are obligated to renew the ratings once every three years.

“We need the classification system in order to provide guests with an accurate picture of the kind of service they are getting. If a hotel doesn’t meet the requirements of the rating it proclaims to have, the rating will be lowered,” explained Nikolay Gulyaev, head of the Department of Sports and Tourism. He mentioned that hotels located outside of Moscow will also be used during the championship, and will make up another 15,000 rooms. Temporary hotels can also be set up on ships along the Moscow River. In other words, there will definitely be enough room to accommodate fans.

Information stands on wheels

37 information stands on wheels will be installed in Moscow for the 2017 Confederations Cup. the information stands will be staffed with volunteers who speak English and will be able to give the capital’s guests directions.  The mobile information stands will be located outside the ring line metro stations, as well as outside of Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Okhotny Ryad and Lubyanka metro stations. There will also be stands at the railways stations and airports in Moscow.

A total of 1,850 city volunteers and about the same number of organizational committee members will be working during the Confederations Cup. Volunteers will greet guests of the capital, take part in holding festivals, talk to journalists and assist medical staff. The volunteers will be the first people fans see when they arrive in Moscow.

According to the Mosvolonter resource center, the mobile information stands will be operating for the duration of the Confederations Cup (June 17 - July 2, 2017). The volunteers will assist the capital’s guests from early morning into the late evening. About 140 volunteers will be recruited for this task.

“The volunteers are entrusted with the important task of making the guests feel welcome. The city volunteers will do more than just give directions to the stadium that will be hosting the matches; they will recommend museums, parks and other tourist attractions in the city,” said Oleg Dyachenko, head of the city volunteer program at the Mosvolonter resource center.

The information stands will be decorated in the same style as the tournament. Tourists will recognize them by the official logo of the competition - a cup decorated with firebird feathers. The stands will have signs in English that say “Information.” The volunteers will be dressed in bright clothes with the word “Volunteer” written on the back.

The first gadget restaurant in the world opens on Tverskaya

GADGET STUDIO has opened its doors on Tverskaya Street. The establishment features menus on tablets, free high speed Wi-Fi and wireless chargers for all gadgets. It is a restaurant-pub, a coworking space and a hi tech showroom where you can try out and purchase the latest gadgets. Moreover, the restaurant will host live broadcasts of presentations for new Apple products and other hi-tech events. The restaurant is located across two floors. The first floor has areas for lectures and coworking spaces, while the second floor houses a restaurant with a bar and a stage.

“There are restaurants for hipsters, designers and other groups, but nothing for tech fans yet. I want to watch a presentation for a new iPhone, like other people watch football: at the bar and with a good translation,” founder of the project nikolai Turubar explained. According to him, the restaurant’s menu will include cocktails like “Blue Screen of Death,” “Zuckerberg” and “Dial-up.”

According to the project’s website, anybody can take part in the project’s development by investing a specific sum of money. The minimal investment amounts to 30,000 rubles. The restaurant’s founders claim that over a million dollars have already been invested into the project.

Synchronized swimming olympic center at ZIL

The construction of the Synchronized Swimming Olympic Center named after Anastasia Davydova at ZIL has been completed. “At the Order of the President, a synchronized swimming center has been erected in Moscow. It is a modern facility, one of the best in Russia and the world. This makes sense, since athletes from Moscow make up 90% of our national synchronized swimming team. Our national team has been the best in the world for the past 20 years and there are about 1,500 synchronized swimmers in Moscow. This wonderful athletic center, of course, will give impetus to these efforts. And I think that Moscow athletes will bring joy to their audience for many years to come,” Sergey Sobyanin said during his visit to the center.

The Mayor of Moscow thanked Olympic champion Anastasia Davydova for her initiative in the establishment of a new center, and expressed his gratitude to the investors as well. Anastasia Davydova, Director of the Olympic Center for Synchronized Swimming, noted that the center has all the equipment necessary to train synchronized swimming teams and athletes.

The Olympic Center for Synchronized Swimming is an investment project and an example of a private-public partnership. The investor is currently in the process of constructing another facility - a water entertainment center called “Arena of Legends.”

The total area of the center will amount to 28,500 square meters. The center is a single building with several gyms, swimming pools, utility rooms and an outdoor pool. The five-story building will have two main functional blocks with separate entrances:

  • The Olympic Synchronized Swimming Center named after Anastasia Davydova, which will be a part of the Olympic reserve athletic school “Yunost Moskvy”
  • A water entertainment center with fitness and spa centers

The Olympic Synchronized Swimming Center named after Anastasia Davydova is equipped with:

  • two pools (for competitions and training, 30 x 25 meters and 3 meters in depth)
  • bleachers that can accommodate 450 people
  • acrobatic room
  • general fitness room
  • two choreography rooms (150 and 100 square meters in area)
  • medical and recovery center
  • 22 rooms for temporary housing athletes
  • conference hall
  • two cafeterias and a cafe

The water entertainment center will be located on a 13.5 square meter area and will house:

  • an indoor 50 x 22 meter, 2 meter deep pool
  • an outdoor pool with a water entertainment area for children and adults
  • a 35 x 25 meter gym
  • a spa center with rooms for massage, physical therapy and light therapy
  • a cafeteria and two fitbars.

All construction and installation work at the facility has been completed and work on the facade is currently in progress. The center should be completed in Q2 2017.

New hotel and business complex

A new hotel and business complex will complete the business cluster on the first kilometer of the Rublevo-Uspensky highway. The total area of the building will amount to 135,000 square meters. The building will house a business center and a four-star hotel.

Construction will begin in 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

The business park currently includes the administrative and business center Pallau RB (with a total area of 56,000 square meters) and the Porsche center, which is the biggest sportscar center in Europe.

New two-story trains in Domodedovo

This year, Aeroexpress will start running new two-story trains to Domodedovo. On March 7, an additional platform and a temporary terminal began operating at the airport. Five two-story trains have already been delivered to Russia and another 6 are expected in the middle of the year. The train cars were put together specifically for Russia, and the engineers took into account extreme weather conditions. The cars meet all safety regulations and requirements.

The construction of another platform and new passenger terminal are underway. It will be the second terminal in Domodedovo and will be linked to the existing complex. After reconstruction, the airhub will double in size and the area of the terminal will increase to 500 square meters. The airport capacity will be 45 million passengers per year. Construction work takes place around the clock and the facility will be completed on time. The terminal will welcome its first passengers in 2018.

Gastronomic NEWS

BUTCHER

Chef Karlo Greku has fulfilled his dream. He has opened a meat stand called BUTCHER, modeled after Italian and Spanish stores and located at Bolshoy Patriarshny Pereulok 8. The chef’s resume includes working at Michelin star restaurants and taking part in Alain Ducasse’s projects in France and Monaco. For the past few years, the Sardinia native has been successfully working in Moscow, specializing in meat dishes. Karlo Greku decides what he’s going to sell at his store every day. He picks the suppliers himself. Every day from 11.00am to 11.00pm, you can come here to find top quality meat: ribs, wings, tongues, minced meat, sweetmeats, meatballs and much more. There is also house marinade and an exclusive collection of sauces - barbeque and salsa for beef and spicy sauce for mutton. There are also condiments (a mixture of peppers, sea salt with spices, Himalayan salt) and olive oil (spicy, with rosemary, with Provencal herbs).

The store also sells pastrami, raw duck, sausages, pelmeni of various kinds, pates, cheeses, olives, Uzbek tomatoes and red onions. There is a 20% discount in the evenings.

 

TARTARIA

TARTARIA is a Scandinavian and masculine project. The main ingredient of the restaurant is meat: beef, lamb, venison and more. The chefs cook on a stage and guests get to watch the cooking process while enjoying their meals. The menu includes ten tartars, the best steaks, a couple of fish dishes and a few options for vegetarians. There is a selection of thirty wines, both red and white, which are perfect to enjoy with meat. Just a few glasses and you’ll feel like you’re in a raw wine bar somewhere in Copenhagen.

 

BELUGA

A unique gastronomic attraction called BELUGA with a phenomenal view of the Red Square and the State Historical Museum. Beluga, a Russian cuisine restaurant and a caviar brasserie opened by Alexander Rappoport, is located right above the famous Dr. Zhivago, on the second floor of Hotel National. The menu was put together by Evegeniy Mesheryakov, who perfectly combined the traditions of Russian cuisine, his own cooking techniques and original presentations!

Here, you will find a wide selection of traditional Russian dishes and new interesting combinations, as well as sandwiches with black caviar that evokes pleasant nostalgia. By the way, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this restaurant has the most elaborate caviar bar in the world! It features a plethora of items that can be the main dish and an addition to a main dish as well. Beluga also offers guests salo made out of toothfish and stellate sturgeon. By the way, the chef salts the sturgeon himself. The national northern dish, suguday of whitefish, is served with onion caviar and potato “rocks,” and the beloved kievskaya burger is transformed into an eskimo.

 

TOCHKA DZI

TOCHKA DZI is a new street food project on Tsvetnoy Bulvar. The idea behind the project is to offer several versions of the most popular lunch dish in Asia - noodle soup. The menu includes Tom Yum, Ramen, classic Udon soup, Pho, plus all kinds of Asian noodles and spring rolls. Every soup is available in two sizes - big (700ml) and small (350ml). The menu also features “Asian burgers” -  steamed buns with different fillings. Maksim Fazylov, who graduated from the prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, is in charge of the kitchen. Vietnamese cooks from Danilovsky market are in charge of preparing pho and cooks from Lyublinsky market make Ramen. The restaurateurs plan to make the project into a chain, which means there will be several Tochka Dzhi food stands in Moscow soon.

 

YULINA KUHNYA

Carrot sponge cake, cheesecake with mascarpone and dor blu, chocolate cake with dark rum, yogurt with fresh raspberries, honey cake with homemade sour cream - you can find all of this at the confectionery of festive cakes at YULINA KUHNYA Cafe.

Confectioner Victor Averkov (formerly at Oblomov, Pavilion, Life of Pi, Zolotoy and Bistrot) is serving up a mix of international hits, Yulia Visotskaya’s recipes and his own creations. He also actively incorporates the latest trends: fresh flowers and berries, chocolate drawings, edible gold, patterned caramel, etc. Delivery is free, there are holiday discounts and a free bottle of wine with birthday orders. The price is 2,500 rubles per kilo.

 

MAGNUM

MAGNUM wine bar is a new project in Belaya Ploshad business center. The creators say that the establishment is not the usual Moscow enoteca with a complicated wine card, but a compromise in terms of atmosphere, the wine selection and the format of interacting with guests. The wine card, which took almost a year to put together, contains around 100 items, 55 of which are wines by the glass. The wine card is split up into 4 main sections: “Wine for every day” (350 rubles/glass), “Wine for an occasion or no occasion at all” (550 rubles/glass), “Gourmet wine” (950 rubles/glass), and “Wine for connoisseurs” ( 8,900 - 59,900 rubles per bottle). The “great seconds” sections are very interesting - these are versions of the best cuvees in the world at affordable prices. The “great neighbors” are items that can’t compete with masterpieces for a number of reasons - historical, climate related, etc. - and remain largely in the shadows of their illustrious cousins. Another curious section on the wine card is called “for gentlemen who know a lot about perversion”: this selection is for everyone who is tired of traditional and familiar flavors and includes the most unusual wines in the world (rare autochthonous varieties, unexpected turns of vinification, tannins white and rosé wines, aromas of wet wool and leather seats). The card has sparkling and dessert wines, and of course magnums.

 

VOLNA

The Russian fish restaurant VOLNA is the newest brainchild of the famous Russian restaurateur Andrey Dellos (Maison Dellos) specializes in Russian fish and seafood, which are shipped to the restaurant’s kitchen from all over the country. Chowach, omul and muxun come from rivers in Siberia, the eel and lamprey come from the Baltic region, and the mussels and rapans come from the Black Sea. Of course, there are crabs and shrimp from the Far East, as well as salmon and halibut from the north. The interior is typical of traditional seafood restaurants, which focus on the food as opposed to fancy new decorating trends. The stand with ice for the freshest seafood serves a very practical function here as opposed to a decorative one. The menu is based on simple recipes from real fishermen, which means that the fresh, natural taste of fish is the highlight of the meal. For example, fried mussels with white wine is a classic dish for residents of the Black Sea coast.  River trout fried over fire or halibut baked in alder paper are both traditional recipes from the North.

 

BERIOZKA

A new Russian snack bar BERIOZKA opened next to Apothecary Garden in Moscow. Founders of the establishment Dmitry Biryukov and Anna Sokolova (restaurants Syrnaya Dirka, Restoran Morskih Gadov, Oranzhereya and Delovaya Kolbasa) have opened a city cafe that serves food that is known and loved by everyone, along with drinks. And there is no messing with original recipes here. The chefs simply take Russian products and make traditional, delicious dishes with no frills.

 

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