London restaurateur Jamie Barber, owner of Hush, is to launch a new restaurant concept at the Central St Giles development in London.
Barber, who recently sold his interests in Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana as well as restaurant groups Villandry and Kitchen Italia, has teamed up with Momo's co-founder David Ponte to open Cabana, a new Brazilian barbecue restaurant.
The duo has taken over a 3,430sq ft site at Central Saint Giles, a mixed-use development in central London, which will also be home to the first outlet of Jamie Oliver's new restaurant chain Union Jacks.
Barber said: "I have no doubt that Central Saint Giles will become an exciting and vibrant eating hub much along the lines of St Christopher's Place and I am delighted that we have secured a great site with great neighbours."
Owned by Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company, Central Saint Giles has been designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. In addition to Cabana and Union Jacks, it will feature nine other restaurants including operators such as Peyton and Byrne and Zizzi, who are already operating, plus burger chain Byron and Turkish restaurant group Sofra, which will launch in the coming months
Simon Wilkes, head of development at Legal & General Property, said: "We feel very honoured that both Jamie Oliver and Jamie Barber have chosen Central Saint Giles as the launch pad for two very exciting new concepts. It is a fantastic endorsement of the quality of the scheme's architecture and justifies the attention given to creating such an attractive public realm."
Restaurant Property and Bruce Gillingham Pollard are advising on Central Saint Giles.
By Kerstin Kühn
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