Jonathan Downey opens Tiny Robot

By Rachel Johnson

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Tiny Robot's Ice Cream Sandwich
Tiny Robot's Ice Cream Sandwich
Jonathan Downey, owner of The Rushmore Group, has opened the second Robot bar, Tiny Robot, in Notting Hill

Jonathan Downey, owner of The Rushmore Group, has opened the second Robot bar, Tiny Robot, in Notting Hill.

Tiny Robot, which opened its doors on Friday, is the sister restaurant to Giant Robot, the café, bar, diner and deli, which opened in Clerkenwell in May.

The opening comes after Downey rolled out plans to open up four more Robot bars by the end of the year.​  The Group is hoping to take over “failed or existing businesses” and rebrand them as Tiny Robots, Giant Robots and Robot Cafes.

Like Giant Robot, Tiny Robot offers locally roasted coffee all day and an Italian and American themed menu, but there is no delicatessen, and Tiny Robot offers weekend brunch from 9am and a late licence until 2am.

Speciality dishes include the Meatballs with a choice of meat, sauce and side, Ice Cream Sandwich with a choice of cookies and the chain’s ‘Famous’ Baked Alaska, which is flamed at the table.

Tiny Robot will also host a basement members space on-site, which Downey estimated will be up and running in a week.  Called the Starland Social Club, it will hold a late licence until 3am.

"Danger of Death"

The entrepreneur has also announced plans to open a new discreet members’ club in East London called Danger of Death.

The venue, on Brick Lane, will be accessed via a coffee shop and will be set up in the style of a 1930s speakeasy lounge, with knowledge of the venue spreading via word-of-mouth between customers. It is due to open later this month.

The Match Bar Group, another of Downey's ventures, also operates Milk & Honey, The Player, Trailer Happiness and Harlem and the two Match Bars in London. Its Shoreditch bar/restaurant and private members' club Sosho and the East Room are closed following a devastating fire earlier this year​.

However, Downey said that group is working to replace the East Room, with an announcement expected soon.

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