After negotiations lasted well over eight months, the pair had walked away from the site on Rupert Street, securing the lease on an alternative location in Covent Garden instead – the former home of Pod on Maiden Lane.
The restaurateurs have since returned to their original pick of locations and plan to open the Italian-New York eatery on 14 March.
Norman said: “I’ve been thrilled by the tremendous excitement that has greeted Polpo. It’s clear that London has an appetite for fun dining. I hope everyone will find Spuntino just as exciting, and maybe a little surprising.”
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The dishes at Spuntino will fall in line with those served at Polpo and Polpetto, but have a more American influence. They include soft-shell crab with Tabasco aioli, meatball sliders, macaroni & cheese, and truffled egg toast.
The 25-cover restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and will not be taking reservations.
Norman and Beatty continue to hold the lease for Maiden Lane, but told BigHospitality “there are no further announcements as yet”.