Benito’s Hat Mexican Kitchen is to take advantage of the trend for Mexican cuisine by opening a second site in Covent Garden next month.
Following the opening of it’s first venue in Goodge Street in 2008, the 50-cover Benito’s Hat Mexican Kitchen will join nearby Mexican restaurants Wahaca and Cantina Laredo on Covent Garden’s New Row at the beginning of July, serving a bespoke menu of tacos, burritos and salads.
Founder Ben Fordham, a former City lawyer, said he didn’t realise how big the market for Mexican cuisine was until he started Benito’s Hat.
“After opening at Goodge Street we realised we had tapped into a massive appetite for authentic Mexican cuisine in London and that demand was there for another restaurant,” he said. “The Covent Garden outlet will still offer the same tasty, made-to-order Mexican food, but with more of a focus on drinks to tap into the busy nightlife. As with the food offering, we will focus on quality, authenticity and simplicity.”
Benito’s Hat will serve a range of cocktails made from 100 per cent Blue Agave Tequila as well as traditional Mexican beers.
Executive chef Felipe Fuentes Cruz, who opened the Goodge Street site with Fordham, will oversee the kitchens at both venues.