Italian restaurant group Il Borro is to open its first UK venue in the site to be vacated by Nobu next month, securing it at a record-high rent for a Mayfair restaurant.
The group, with restaurants in Tuscany, Florence and Dubai, has taken the 11,000 sq ft unit in Berkeley Street on a 20-year lease at a price believed to be in excess of £200 per sq ft. The price tag puts the annual rent in the region of £2.2m.
It will serve authentic Italian dishes featuring produce sourced from its 700-hectare estate in Tuscany.
Josh Braid, partner for Knight Frank, who marketed the site, said: "We are delighted at bringing a piece of Italy's Tuscan region to London's world-class restaurant destination in Mayfair.
"After a global search for this renowned flagship, we were impressed with Il Borro's culture, creativity and attention to detail making this combination a truly exciting prospect for London's fine dining scene."
Nobu will close on 23 March ahead of a relocation to Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, this summer. The group opened in Mayfair's Berkeley Street 15 years ago and held a Michelin star at the site between 2006 and 2014.