It appears the site acquired by the high-profile operators is that which was until recently occupied by the struggling casual Italian chain, Carluccio’s. Eater contacted representatives of Carluccio’s who said the St John’s Wood site closed on the 24 December last year, “in order to relocate to the Marriott hotel in Maida Vale on the 3 April this year.
The news was announced on Twitter by Richard Vines, who said that King had “just received the keys to a new site in St John’s Wood — on the High Street.” He he added that, in style, it would be somewhere between Colbert, the French-inspired cafe-brasserie on Sloane Square, and Fischer’s, the duo’s Viennese cafe in Marylebone. It would, nevertheless have its “own identity,” Corbin was quoted as saying.
The restaurant is expected to open not until the end of the year and will add to a portfolio that includes The Delaunay, Colbert, Fischer’s, Colony Grill Room and Brasserie Zédel, Bellanger, and The Beaumont.