While troubled restaurateur Tom Aikens pulls the plug on plans to open a second Tom’s Kitchen at Canary Wharf, the award-winning British diner Canteen has announced plans to open a fourth outlet at the waterfront site.
Set to open in autumn 2009 in the under-construction Canada Square Pavilion, Canteen will offer the same quality British menu as its Spitalfields, Royal Festival Hall and soon to open Baker Street sites, in a relaxed dining atmosphere.
With views of the Canada Park Square, Canteen is set to have an outdoor seating area, as well as booth seating, a bar area, and a new ‘Canteen’ bistro table.
Patrick Clayton-Malone, Canteen’s co-founder, said: “We are genuinely excited to sign our fourth site, Canary Wharf, maintaining our considered approach to Canteen`s expansion.”
With its mission to raise the standard of British food on the high street, the Which? Good Food Guide London Restaurant of the Year 2008 will serve an all-day menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the bar snack menu includes home favourites such as fish finger sandwiches and scotch eggs.
Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “It is important for the number of top-quality dining options at Canary Wharf to keep pace with the anticipated growth in workers and visitors here over the coming years. Canteen will be a fantastic complement to the 200 plus retail outlets at Canary Wharf.”
Canteen will be joined at Canada Square Pavilion by Japanese restaurant Roka, while another two spaces in the development are still available. Tom Aikens decided to opt out of an expansion of his Tom’s Kitchen concept after going into administration last week.