WHAT’S NEW #20

Sretenka reconstructed

“The reconstruction of one of the main historical streets in Moscow, Sretenka, has been completed. The city itself has been improved, along with building facades, lighting, and courtyards. Two car lanes have been left in place, so there should not be a slowdown in traffic. Moreover, we plan to introduce two-way bus traffic,” Sergey Sobyanin said. He added that the number of passengers on these buses will quadruple. “After reconstruction, I think these historical streets look completely different. The facades open up, the historical image is restored, the city is returned to Muscovites,” the mayor of Moscow added.

Sretenka Street runs along the border of Meshanskiy and Krasnoselskiy districts, joining the Boulevard Ring (Sretenskiye Vorota Square) and the Garden Ring (Bolshaya Sukharevskaya Square, Sukharevskaya metro station). At the end of the 14th century, this part of the city housed the Sretenskiy Monastery (Bolshaya Lubyanka 19). In the beginning of the 16th century, the street was renamed “Ustrestenskaya” in honor of the monastery. It was given its current name, Sretenka, in the 17th century. It was considered Moscow’s main street for a long time, until it was replaced with Tverskaya in the 18th century.

Sretenka is currently 640 meters in length. One of its key characteristics is the absence of gates. The courtyards here only lead to adjoining lanes. This is no accident, since back in the day homeowner merchants tried to use every meter of the so-called red line for shops with displays. Every building had a separate lane. Many of them are still named after their formed owners: Ahseulov, Bloshoy and Maly Golovin, Daev, Lukov, Pankratievsky, Rybnikov, Seliverstov, and others.

Before the start of construction work, Sretenka was a one-way street. Cars could only travel in the direction of the Garden Ring across two lanes. The street improvement project entailed altering the traffic pattern. The street now has a separate lane for traffic moving toward the center. The two lanes moving the direction of the Garden Ring have been left in place. A lot of space was cleared through the reorganization of parking spaces. Additional parking spaces were created along the adjoining lanes.

The reduction in the number of parking spaces also allowed for the expansion of pedestrian sidewalks by about 0.5 meters. This should streamline traffic along Sretenka without reducing the street’s traffic capacity.

Right now several buses run along Sretenka, going one way: the M9 (from Kitay-Gorod metro station to Vladykino metro station) and the night bus N6 (from Kitay-Gorod metro station to Medvedkovo metro station). Starting in the fall of 2017, they will be going in both directions (to the center and from the center). Moreover, another major route will be running through Sretenka. It will connect the street and Prospect Mira with the Kremlin Ring, Novy Arbat, and Kutuzovsky Prospect (this route did not exist before).

This will allow passengers to shorten the time of trips on public transport to the city center and make them more comfortable. People will no longer have to make several transitions, trips up and down metro escalators, etc. The bus trips from Sretenka to Teatralnaya Square and Novy Arbat will be cut in half (7 minutes instead of 15 and 12 minutes instead of 25, respectively).

Khovrino metro station

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction, has announced that the Khovrino metro station on the Zamoskvoretskaya metro line is almost ready. “We could have launched it in the beginning of this year, but residents asked us to build the Belomorskaya metro station, which is located between Rechnoy Vokzal and Khovrino. We found a unique solution that had never been implemented in Moscow before: building a station over a tunnel. The tunnel is already set to go, the upper structure of the track is finished. Right now we’re using a top-down technique to build a station over the tunnel (indenting the soil to form the foundation pit of the future station). That’s why the Kovrino metro station hasn’t been opened yet. But trains will be running there by the end of 2017, there is no doubt about that,” Marat Khusnullin clarified. According to him, at first trains will be running past the Belomorskaya metro station. It will be open in 2018.

“We are designing the transfer to the railway platform at Khovrino metro station,” Mr. Khusnullin explained, “We have to connect the metro station with the rail road.”

In order to link the residential areas of the Degunino district, there will be a pedestrian crossway across the railway. “Right now the contractor has started to clear the area in preparation for the construction. The new pedestrian crossing will be ready by 2018,” the deputy mayor added.

According to him, the Khorvino transport interchange hub is also under construction. It is scheduled to be finished by the middle of 2018.

Moscow has a 31st technopark

The complex of buildings in the northern part of the city received the status of a technopark called “Vodny Stadion.” This allows technopark residents to receive tax breaks and other benefits. There are lower taxes on profit, preferential rates for rent, and more. Support for high-tech companies and the establishment of a comfortable environment for the development of innovation are especially important for the city, according to Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations. “Creating conditions for the development of modern enterprises with a lot of potential is one of our priorities, since they have the potential for fast growth, actively implementing new solutions and technologies,” she said.

The Vodny Stadion technopark, which is located on Leningradsky Highway, houses five technological enterprises. The central office of the mobile operator Tele2 is located here, and one of the largest private information security companies in the world, Kaspersky Lab, takes up 34,000 square meters of the park’s total area. In the future, the Vodny Stadion technopark will continue to specialize in information security and the development of software in this sphere.

There are 30 technoparks currently operating in the capital. Each one of them has their own specialization, from computer technology development to nanotechnology. The Vodny Stadion technopark became the 31st space for innovation and manufacturing in Moscow.

The capital’s first Hyatt Regency

The new premium class business hotel is located next to the famous VTB Arena - Central Stadium Dynamo and the historical Petrovsky Park. It has 298 rooms, including 39 large suites. Guests can make reservations at the hotel starting on January 1, 2018.

The bright and stylish interior and comfortable home atmosphere makes the hotel perfect for travelers who value status and face-to-face communication. Guests will have access to modern bars and restaurants, multipurpose, comfortable halls perfect for holding all kinds of events, as well as a spacious fitness center. A team of professionals will provide impeccable service at the highest level, ensuring efficiency and comfort during every interaction with guests.

The proximity to VTB Arena - Central Stadium Dynamo and convenient location next to the main highways in the city make Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park an excellent place to stay during major athletic and entertainment events. The hotel is located just 5 kilometers outside the Kremlin, not far from central stores, restaurants, and major business centers.

Cobblestone road by the metro

The historic cobblestone road from the beginning of the 20th century has been restored at Barrikadnaya Street and Kudrinskaya Square. The reconstruction of these territories was completed in the beginning of this fall.

The carriageway part of Barrikadnaya Street (from building 2/1 until the intersection with Bolshaya Gruzinskaya), along with the section of Kudrinskaya Square near the high-rise building, was paved with historical stone blocks.

It was removed in June of this year in order to install an underground cable duct system and conduct improvement works in the area. Now, the stone blocks have been returned. The pavement has been cleaned up and reinforced. After all improvement works in the area around Barrikadnaya and Krasnopresnenskaya metro stations are complete, there will be a comfortable urban space with good lighting, benches and trees near the high-rise building on Kudrinskaya Square.

Over 90 trees and 290 shrubs will be planted near the Krasnopresnenskaya and Barrikadnaya metro stations. There will be almost 900 square meters of flower beds. There will also be new bus stops installed near the metro stations. The newly established safety island across from the main entrance to the Moscow Zoo will split up the traffic flows in this area.

Moscow pavilion in the capital’s agricultural cluster

A Moscow pavilion has opened in the largest wholesale and retail food center “Food City.” Here residents can find quality products at good prices without having to go through intermediaries. It will also help Moscow entrepreneurs set up trade and economic cooperation with members of the Eurasian economic zone.

The operator of the space is the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the main goal of which is to support Moscow manufacturers. The chamber’s president, Vladimir Platonov, recalls collective farm markets with long lines from the 80s and people selling produce from the trunks of their cars in the 90s with a hint of irony. “Everything is relative. Today we can be proud of everything that has been done in Moscow in the past 30 years. Just look at this palace for entrepreneurs: there are great conditions for business people here,” Platonov says, “We are ready to help producers enter the Moscow market, and help consumers get quality produce.”

Another 3 MCC stations to be linked to the metro

The Shelepikha, Khoroshyovo, and Okruzhnaya metro stations of the Moscow Central Circle will be integrated with the metro system by 2018, according to Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin. “This will be possible thanks to the construction and opening of new metro stations. The transfers to Okruxhnaya and Shelepikha will be in thermal envelopes. The transfer from Shelepikha through the underground crossing will only take 5 minutes,” Mr. Khusnullin said.

Stations on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line and the Third Interchange Contour are being constructed next to these metro stations.

According to Mr. Khusnullin, one of the largest transport interchange hubs in Moscow, the Ryazanskaya interchange gub, will be built before 2020. “This interchange hub will let people transfer from the Moscow Central Circle to both suburban trains and the metro,” he added.

Right now there are 5 transfers that don’t require passengers to go outside: from Lokomotiv to Cherkizovskaya metro station, from Ploshyad Gagarina to Leninskiy Prospect metro station, from Kutuzovskaya to the Kutuzovskaya metro station, from Delovoy Tsentr to Mezhdunarodnaya metro station, and from Vladykino to Vladykino metro station.

In July, the northern lobby of the Kutuzovskaya transport interchange hub was opened. It is fully integrated with the Kutuzovskaya metro station.

Gastronomic News

RYBTORG

In the historical center, not far from Bolshaya Sadovaya and Tverskaya, there is a new fish restaurant and the seafood bar RYBTORG (Trekhprudny Pereulok 5). Here you can buy and immediately try more than a hundred kinds of seafood: Far Eastern crabs, wild seashells, comb prawns, dorada, yellowfin tuna and dozens of other dishes. At the entrance to the shop you are greeted by a huge assortment of seafood on an ice hill. There are oysters, sashimi and tartars. There are also sparkling and other wines. Rybtorg’s interior design brings together elements like a hinged net and mother-of-pearl tiles that look like fish scales. The project was supported by Maxim Polzikov (online store "Kapitan Maxim"). He has connections and experience in sales through a network of selected Murmansk and Far Eastern seafood. Maxim’s plans include organizing fish parties in the shop.

 

LEPIM I VARIM

LEPIM I VARIM Pelmeni House (Prospekt Mira 26, bldg.1, Botanichesky Sad metro station), which is located at the entrance to the Apothecary Garden, is the chain’s second restaurant. Much like the establishment on Stoleshnikov Pereulok, there is an open kitchen here. The pelmeni (Russian dumplings) are molded, cooked, and even fried right in front of you. The staff writes down your name on a piece of paper and calls you when your order is ready. The menu features all the main hits from the first pelmeni house: from classic pelmeni with pork and beef to options with Kamchatka crab and cream cheese. Moreover, the place serves hard alcohol, chachu, rye wine, and liquor infusions. Children eat free.

 

LADURÉE

The first LADURÉE restaurant in Russia opened next to the Red Square (Nikolskaya Street 5/1, bldg. 3). Inside is a boutique with a selection of takeout dishes and 3 halls with tables that can seat 100 people. Each hall is painted a different color. The first one is a red Castiglione hall, named after the courtesan and mistress of Napoleon III  Countess de Castiglione, famous for her photos and shots of her naked legs. The interior of the hall corresponds to the name: low tables, boudoir chairs with red velvet and plaster moldings with antique motifs. The second Zuber Hall resembles a pasta cake and seems to be the embodiment of universal French luxury fantasies: blue walls, mirrors that come up to the ceiling, large crystal chandeliers, velvet armchairs, hand-painted Zuber wallpaper with a two-century history and marble tables hiding under white tablecloths. It looks beautiful, elegant and very expensive. The last and the furthest VIP lounge in pink tones is separated from the rest of the space by dense curtains and has a separate entrance for the staff. If you need to celebrate Marie Antoinette style or go on a secret date, this is the space for you. The menu features breakfast dishes, salads, snacks, main dishes, desserts, Viennese pastries and soft drinks. Chef Jeremie Delaval, who moved to live and work in Russia specifically for Ladurée, is in charge of the kitchen.

 

IVAN GOGH

On Bolshaya Lubyanka 13/16, there is a new establishment that is a combination of a restaurant and an art object: IVAN GOGH. It is located in the Tryndinykh house, which was built in accordance with a design developed by architect A.E. Weber in 1877. The space once housed a store with optical and geodesic instruments and teaching aids. The roof was once the first observatory in the country. In a reference back to that era IVan Gogh’s interior features a 5-meter installation with gears-wheels all over the walls. The IVan Gogh team worked out the project in detail for several months. They kept the original brick and huge windows-showcases, added a bio-fireplace and a wood-fired oven, a large 3x4 m screen, and a light floor made of French oak. The balcony has several tables for 60 people. In the center of the main hall with a seating for 100 people is a room with the right microclimate to store a collection of wines (more than 280 brands of the Old and New Worlds). There is a bar with bright lighting and a panel with direct references to the great artist’s "Starry Night" and "Wheat Field.” A small room behind the curtains to the right of the bar is intended for private conversations and business meetings. There is also a VIP room for 8 people behind a brass screen. The menu at IVan Gogh is complex. It’s based on European and Pan-Asian cuisine and delicately supplemented by the chef's vision.

 

CRAFT KITCHEN

Restaurant holding il FORNO Group opened a gastropub CRAFT KITCHEN in the "European" shopping center (2nd floor, atrium "Berlin"). The menu here is a combination of different products, and most dishes (even the sauce for chocolate fondant) are prepared with beer. There is a lot of experimenting with Asian flavors - Magadan shrimp smoked in their own smokehouse, Volga crawfish fried in soy sauce with garlic and fresh chili pepper, 7 kinds of caviar, pickles from oak barrels. There is a wide selection of delicacies for beer snacks - bear, elk, coho, chi and more. The geography of bottled and draft beer stretches from Japan to Ireland. The Craft Kitchen has over 300 options that are in constant rotation. Prices for draft beer start from 290 rubles per glass. A professional beer sommelier will help you make a beer selection and let you know what kind of food works best with your choice. Also, each guest can sample one of four beer sets: light, dark, fruity and a complete set of all 16 varieties. An important role is assigned to the lighting and the game area with screens for sports broadcasts, table football, hockey and professional darts.

 

MAYBE

MAYBE. (Kutuzovsky Prospekt 12, bldg. 3, inside Badayevsky Beer Factory). The title is more of a slogan and call to action than a name. The project does three things at once: food, bar, music. From Tuesday to Thursday, it’s a restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine. On Friday and Saturday nights, it transforms into a cocktail bar with DJs and dancing. The kitchen is ruled by Umberto Rocca - a master of Italian cuisine, a fan of his business and a man with incredible charisma. Each one of his dishes is the result of a complex thought process and healthy sense of humor. Umberto's secret weapon is desserts. Drawing inspiration from classic recipes, he creates unique dishes that feature a balance of different flavors and elegant filings. The interior was designed in such a way that Maybe. looks like an open panoramic veranda when it’s warm. When it’s cold, it resembles a winter garden, but with the same dizzying view of the City. The wine list includes about 80 bottles and 13 by-the-glass options. These are wines of the Old and New Worlds, including organic and biodynamic options, the good old classics and practically no pop-wine selections.

 

KOSOI MARX

A craft beer bar KOSOI MARX has opened on Taganskaya Street. The bar’s cuisine can be described as fusion street food. The menu features street food hits from all over the world. The bar is located on two floors. On the top floor you can get a quick snack, order food and coffee to go, or get a glass of beer (there are 10 selections on tap). The lower level is for more serious dining. The menu is the same, but there is a wider selection of beer - 24 types of Russian and foreign craft beer on tap, plus Irish lager, ale and stout, Brussels blanche, cherry Belgian ale, flower honey pale ale, plus a refrigerator with 150 bottles (regularly rotated). It’s more than enough. Prices for beer vary from 150 to 380 rubles for a glass of 0.4 liters. From 08.00 to 11.00, the bar serves breakfast. English breakfast (320 rubles) consists of fried eggs, chicken sausages, toast, beans in tomato and bacon. Drink selections include tea, cranberry juice, carrot or apple fresh and Indonesian coffee. The interior design was done by the owners themselves, who consulted with a designer. There is a 200-kilogram oak beam hanging from the ceiling in the main hall, red bridges behind the bar, decorative moss, plants in pots on the walls of white brick, "rope" decor, and graffiti with the image of Marx.

 

VARVARA

VARVARA (Petrovka 23/10) is a Russian restaurant with an original cuisine. This would be a more accurate description of this project. The interior is very much done in a traditional Russian style, but the kitchen goes beyond traditional Russian cuisine. Dishes in the menu are based on Russian products: Voronezh beef, Karelian trout, Tula burrata, Altai honey. The restaurant bakes bread, makes jerky, smokes fish and prepares ice cream. It’s worth noting that the establishment is almost entirely self-sufficient. The author of the project is the restaurateur and the official representative of the ICIF culinary school Natalia Maksimova. For five years now, she has been helping talented chefs from CIS countries to improve their skills by attending a cooking school and training in Italian restaurants. Natalia cooperates with the most talented graduates in her projects.

 

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