The most exciting deal I had the pleasure to be a part of in 2019, was on behalf of Il Bottaccio. This London-based, international company is an industry leader, specialising in event production, catering and entertainment. I have worked with Il Bottaccio for three years now, searching for the perfect property to fulfil their requirements – so finding them space in a wonderful site in King’s Cross, next to the new Standard Hotel, was fantastic. The site itself is 11,000 sq ft and they exchanged in July 2019. I cannot wait to see Il Bottaccio make the most of this spectacular venue – watch this space!
Bancone’s Covent Garden site was heralded by critics as “casually orgasmic” - so, needless to say, it made an impression. The pasta, Prosecco, espresso concept was a hit and I personally was a huge fan, which made finding them the perfect second site one of my favourite deals of the year. The new space is at 8-10 Lower James Street in Soho and the deal took place in September and October. We are delighted that we have been able to help Bancone secure their second site in such a perfectly fitting location. Soho is the ideal place for Bancone, following on from their success in Covent Garden.
Modern Turkish eatery Baraka were searching for the ideal spot for their first foray into the London food scene. It was a great pleasure to help them find this in September in the form of a prime location on Finsbury Avenue Square in the Liverpool Street area. We are thrilled that we have been able to help Baraka secure their first site at the exciting Broadgate scheme. Liverpool Street is the ideal site for Baraka, which will debut their exciting modern Turkish cuisine to city workers.
As a big fan of sushi and of excellent contemporary Japanese dining experience Taka, it was a real highlight to find them their second site in the wake of their success in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market. The deal went through in November of this year and I am sure the new site will be an instant hit and an excellent addition to Marylebone High Street, taking over from previous occupant, Providores.
When phenomenal chef Atul Kochhar, who has been awarded two Michelin Stars for his work at Tamarind and Benares respectively, decided to open a third London restaurant, it was a fantastic opportunity to find him the perfect site. We managed to do this in January this year and Kanishka is now open and can be found at 17-19 Maddox Street in Mayfair. It was great to work with such an established chef, as well as a nationwide TV personality - especially since Atul was the first chef to be awarded a Michelin Star for Indian Cuisine.
Following the success of 28-50 Marylebone, Richard Mitchell and Emilliano Isufi decided to open a second site. They enlisted us to help them do so, and we found them excellent former Cantina Laredo site in Upper St Martin’s Lane. It offers 7,200 square foot and 280 covers and will be a more modern and premium spin-off than its Marylebone Lane sister branch, which has a daily-changing menu of modern European food, seafood and charcuterie together with more than 30 wines. The expansion of 28-50 is testament to a resilient leisure market for independent operators and those who focus on the quality of each site rather than quantity. While casual dining has faced a downturn, this has opened a window of opportunity for new and exciting operators to thrive.
This was a particular highlight because we sold Richard Green his first site. He took over 28-50 Marylebone in December 2018 and he has reinvented the brand which has clearly prospered.
Amazonico has finally opened in London to much fanfare after blazing a fine dining trail through Spain. Chef Sandro Silva and his wife Marta Seco, are the couple behind the phenomenon and they have now launched their first London site in the heart of Mayfair, which is backed by Dogus Group, the investors behind the famous Roka and Zuma. The new site is 13,000 sq ft, opened in November and rubs shoulders with Berkeley Square neighbours including Richard Caring’s Sexy Fish, Annabel’s, Benares and many more. The menu is focused on a South American and Asian fusion, with the restaurant featuring a theatrical sushi counter, while the interiors summon up visions of the rainforest. The bar has now been raised in London and customers expect excellent food along with theatre and outstanding service. Amazonico delivers on all fronts. Try the Picanton Caipira (baby marinated chicken) and the Carabinero Scarlet Prawns - we love it so much we even had our annual Christmas Party there.
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