Five restaurant openings, including Fishworks and Bincho Yakitori, have been confirmed ahead of next week’s launch of London’s West End piazza development Central Saint Giles.
Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, Central St Giles will feature 400,000sqft of office space, 56 private apartments, 53 affordable homes and nine new restaurants and café bars around a new square piazza when it opens on 26 May.
Japanese restaurant Bincho Yakitori will be launching a second flagship venue at the development.
Ronnie Truss, co-founder of Bincho, said the ‘cutting edge’ design and location of Central St. Giles fit the restaurant’s profile.
“We were looking for a landmark location to launch a flagship Bincho onto London’s West End. Central Saint Giles offers a wonderful mixed-use location where our concept utilizes the piazza dining but also presents a take away offer to shoppers and workers.”
Also launching at the development is Fishworks, the Mitch Tonks founded seafood restaurant that was rescued from administration by Boporan Ventures in January 2009.
The group was initially forced to sell off six of their sites, but last month Fishworks unwillingly closed its original venue in Bath amid a planning application row.
While Fishworks is currently seeking a replacement venue in the Somerset city, the group plans to open its fourth London site at Central St. Giles.
A spokesperson for the group, said: "We've turned Fishworks into a thriving business and we now plan to open some new locations and expand. London's West End offers a first step in taking this restaurant group to a whole new level of success."
Also confirmed to open at the development are a Peyton & Byrne café bakery, Huseyin Ozer’s Turkish restaurant Sofra and an outpost of Italian chain Zizzi. Negotiations are currently underway on the remaining four restaurant units.
David Rawlinson, Restaurant Property director and joint letting leisure agent with Knight Frank on the scheme, said the development’s proximity to shopping, theatre, homes and workplaces had generated ‘intense competition’ to secure a location at the site.