Although Burke went on to pursue other culinary ventures, and Tim Ivankovich died of a heart attack in 2012, the legacies of both co-founders live on in several ways.
Kingfisher’s excellent wine list, in particular, can be credited to Ivankovich.
He was a self-taught expert who, in keeping with the American food focus, sought out outstanding bottles of US origin (with the exception of bubbly).
His stint at a Nantucket restaurant called 21 Federal Street also spurred Ivankovich’s interest in small batch bourbons — little known around the country when Kingfisher first opened — and led him to create some of the bar’s most popular cocktails.
“The preparation is constant but the flavor depends on which fish we get in on any particular day.” made without bacon.
This omission was a nod to restaurant co-founder John Burke, a pescetarian.
There's a delightful mix of charming period buildings and modern conveniences with a number of shops serving the local community.
The Friars, Aylesford Priory draws many visitors, its peaceful location offering retreat and sanctuary to the modern day pilgrim, as well as being a delightful place to visit. 5 miles from Maidstone, both the M20 and M2 are easily accessible, with connections to the M25 and Dartford Crossing.
“We’ve always used the freshest ingredients we could get our hands on,” said chef-owner Jim Murphy, who co-founded the innovative American grill in September 1993 with Jeff Azersky, John Burke, and Tim Ivankovich.
Idyllically set on the banks of the river Medway, Aylesford has a long history dating back centuries.
Its small narrow streets are accessed via the medieval bridge which sets the scene as you cross the river Medway.
Varied shopping in Maidstone together with great leisure facilities and local clubs, and the ease of road networks to Bluewater, Mc Arthur Glen Designer Outlet and the major Kent towns makes this a great place to live.
Maidstone 5 miles Bluewater 23 miles Tonbridge 13 miles Ashford 24 miles (All distances given are approximate).