The creator of London restaurant Racine, Eric Garnier, is to launch a new eaterie at London's Sloane Square hotel when it reopens this September after a major refurbishment.
The 140-seat Chelsea Brasserie, on the site of the former Chez Nico restaurant, replaces a previously planned operation by London restaurateur Tom Etridge.
A spokeswoman for the hotel said the owners had decided to retain control over the restaurant, which will also serve hotel guests, rather than leasing it out as a semi-autonomous entity.
"It is disappointing not to do the project having done the work on it," commented Etridge, who had worked for a year designing the restaurant and bringing in contractors.
Head chef at the new all-day brasserie will be David Karlsson Muller, a protégé of Henry Harris at Racine.
Designed by Ed Godrich, the restaurant aims to combine good food with an informal atmosphere.
By Angela Frewin