That happened for Angela Hartnett (pictured) long ago (it was Gordon Ramsay by the way).
Her latest project is a second Café Murano on Tavistock Street in Covent Garden. Much like the original Café Murano, which opened in 2013 at 33 St. James’s Street, Café Murano Tavistock Street will take a simple and seasonal approach to Italian cooking, “in a relaxed convivial atmosphere”, says the blurb.
“The menus and wine list will have their own unique characters, inspired by recent trips to Italy,” it continues. There will be a food and wine shop adjacent to the restaurant too.
Angela says she’s thrilled to be opening in an area of London is “cultured but laid back and that chimes completely with our approach to dining”.
In charge will be head chef Richard Lloyd, who AH (MBE) describes as a ”maturing talent”.
We don’t suppose the northern Italian menu with an “emphasis on the coastal regions”and “select list of cocktails” specialising in Italian spirits will be as cheap as chips. But they’re not serving chips, are they?
All that being said, the 140 cover restaurant will have a ground floor featuring counter dining and a view of the bartenders at work – a more casual alternative to the 64 cover dining space upstairs.
It’s opening early June and contact and reservation details are still to be announced. Remember you heard it here first.