London restaurateur Iqbal Wahab is launching a new fine-dining restaurant and nightclub in Trafalgar Square, Caterer can exclusively reveal.
The creator of Roast and founder of the Cinnamon Club has leased the 6,500sq ft site between Hilton's Rockwell Bar and the Thai Square restaurant.
Wahab plans to open an upscale, 70-seat American restaurant on the first floor and an Indian restaurant and night club in the basement.
"I want to have a smart American restaurant serving things like Maine lobster, Louisiana shrimp and prime US beef," Wahab said. "It will be like an American version of Le Caprice."
The restaurant, scheduled to open at the end of the year, doesn't have a name yet and Wahab wouldn't identify the chef, who is understood to be American.
The basement nightclub will also operate as an all-day, 80-seat Indian restaurant open from 7am. Average spend for dinner at the ground-floor American restaurant will be about £75 with wine and about £40 in the basement Indian restaurant.
Davis Coffer Lyons acted for landlord London and Regional.
By Jessica Gunn
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