The 75-cover venue will have a relaxed vibe with dishes taking inspiration from the different regions of Northern Italy and pasta featuring highly. Mains will start at under £20.
“It is a thrilling prospect to return and open a restaurant in the very same 33 St James’s street site where I trained in the kitchens of the original Petrus at the beginning of my career,” said Hartnett. “The Crown Estate’s plans for the future of St. James’s mean that its profile as a destination will continue to improve, and I am delighted to be part of the expansion of this fantastic area.”
Dishes at Murano Café will include roasted monkfish tail, brown shrimps and golden raisins; and Pork with coco beans and celery. A 100-bin, exclusively Italian wine list will also be on offer.
The venue will include seating for 12 at the bar along with a private dining room. Notable appointments include general manager Zoe Charlton-Brown, formerly operations manager at Smart Hospitality, and head chef Sam Williams, who has worked alongside Hartnett at Murano for the past two years.