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London's Japanese restaurant Senkai goes into liquidation

22 March 2012 by
London's Japanese restaurant Senkai goes into liquidation

Japanese restaurant Senkai in London's Piccadilly has closed after just six months in business, having gone into liquidation.

The Ignite Group-owned restaurant, which relaunched in September last year having previously operated as Cocoon, has appointed financial advisor Duff & Phelps.

A spokeswoman for the Ignite Group said: "Sadly, Senkai Restaurant Ltd has ceased trading and the company is being placed into creditors' voluntary liquidation."

Senkai featured a 125-seat dining room, a counter-top dining bar seating 50 and a cocktail lounge for up to 50 guests. Former Plateau and Spice Market executive chef Tim Tolley was in charge of the food offer, which comprised modern, Japanese-inspired dishes, with a focus on sustainably sourced fish.

Ignite Group, formerly known as Eclipse Bar Ventures, was founded by Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming in 1998. In addition to its Eclipse bar, private members' club Boujis and the Playtime bar, the group also runs the Wyld club at the W Hotel Leicester Square. Ignite's restaurant portfolio also includes Bumpkin, which has three outlets in Notting Hill, Kensington and Westfield Stratford City.

Internationally the company runs an Eclipse bar at the W Hotel Barcelona and will open a Boujis club in Hong Kong in October.

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