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Rebecca Mascarenhas partners with Theo Randall for new Italian restaurant

By Luke Nicholls , 17-Jun-2013

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Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and chef Theo Randall have announced a new business partnership to launch Bibo – a modern Italian tratorria based on the site of Mascarenhas’s Cantinetta restaurant in Putney later this year.

Rebecca Mascarenhas and Theo Randall will work together for the opening of the Italian restaurant

Rebecca Mascarenhas and Theo Randall will work together for the opening of the Italian restaurant

Bibo will open in September following a complete refurbishment of the Cantinetta site, which is now closed. The new-look, neighbourhood-style restaurant will seat 80 inside, with a redesigned outside terrace holding a further 60 customers and a separate bar area with space for an extra 20.

Mascarenhas, who has been an instrumental partner in some of London's leading neighbourhood restaurants - Sonny's Kitchen, Kitchen W8, Sam's Brasserie and Harrison’s – told BigHospitality that she was swayed by the appeal of another business partnership for this latest venture.

Successful partnerships

“I’ve known Theo Randall for a very long time and I admire him hugely,” she said. “My other business partnerships with Phil Howard and Sam Harrison are so successful and such a pleasure that I want all my businesses to be partnerships with people I admire.

“I’ve done it on my own for 30 years and I’ve worked incredibly hard – I don’t want to do anything on my own anymore. I’ve got many more projects bubbling under, some of which generate no money and operate on a charitable basis - I’d like to spend some more time on those as well.”

“I’m in a really fortunate position, I have no shareholders so everything I do now I can grow on an organic basis.”

The menus at Bibo are being drawn up by Randall, who remains chef-patron of Theo Randall at the InterContinental in Mayfair. The restaurant will also have a new head chef, manager and front and back-of-house staff.

Speaking of the price point, Mascarenhas said that Bibo will appeal to both ends of the market. “I like restaurants that have a broad range of prices, so you won’t have to come in and spend £50. We want people to come here and be happy at either end of the spectrum.”

Bibo Italian restaurant will open on 162-164 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, in September. 

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