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Original Barrafina restaurant to relocate to Quo Vadis

13 June 2016 by
Original Barrafina restaurant to relocate to Quo Vadis

The first Barrafina tapas bar in London is set to move to a new home in Soho within Quo Vadis on Dean Street after the landlord's decision to redevelop its original Frith Street site.

Barrafina Frith Street, owned by Sam and Eddie Hart, opened in January 2007 and earned a Michelin star under executive head chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho in 2014.

Following the termination of the lease on the site, it will now move one street away to Dean Street where the Hart brothers and chef patron Jeremy Lee are making space for it within the ground-floor dining room.

The Hart's originally learned that they would be likely to have to vacate the site in 2014, but the landlord only received planning permission in May 2016.

The changes are being incorporated into a wider rejuvenation plan for Quo Vadis, ahead of its 90th anniversary this autumn.

Quo Vadis will be closed for August and the first half of September while the changes take place.

During this time, Lee's restaurant will be made into two - a small, elegant space on the ground floor which will restore Quo Vadis's current bar area to a dining room, and a second restaurant on the first floor for the exclusive use of Quo Vadis's members.

Meanwhile, Barrafina Frith Street will move with within Quo Vadis on Dean Street in late 2016.

In addition to the original Barrafina and Quo Vadis the Hart brothers, who this year are shortlisted for a Catey in the Restaurateur of the Year - Independent category, operate two other Barrafina restaurants, on Adelaide Street and Drury Lane.

The first restaurant they opened together, in 2003, was contemporary Spanish restaurant Fino in Charlotte Street in Soho, which closed earlier this year after the site was taken over by restaurateur Sanjar Nabiev who aims to open Uzbeki restaurant Samarkand later this month.

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