Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio's Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden is to close in spring 2007 when the lease expires, as landlords plan to redevelop the site.
Sir Terence Conran created the restaurant in 1971 and David Hockney designed the menu. It quickly became a media, arts and celebrity haunt. Ten years later he invited Antonio to become Managing Director. The Carluccios took over the restaurant, which specialises in Italian regional food, in 1984 and over the years, some of the industry's best chefs, including Andrea Cavaliere of Cecconi's, Gennaro Contaldo of Passione and Jamie Oliver have worked there.
The last meal will be served at the Neal Street venue on March 17. The Carluccios are said to be saddened by the imminent closure but are looking for a new site for another restaurant.