The chain is working on a site on London’s Frith Street in Soho, due to open later this month, that will have a more adult focus.
It will feature none of the chain’s trademark back-lit signs and bright colours – found across its estate – but instead take its cues from restaurants such as Pizza East, with a more ‘sober’ colour palate, exposed brickwork, parquet flooring and greater emphasis placed on the bar area, according to the architects working on the project, Wells Mackereth.
Giraffe has already taken a similar approach at its Bath site, which has an extended bar area, uses more muted grey and brown colours and features a metal logo instead of its traditional lit signage.
The world food restaurant chain, owned by the original founders Juliette and Russel Joffe and Andrew Jacobs, operates 42 sites across the UK but is aiming to have 50 sites.
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