The restaurant is named after maitre d’ Elena Salvoni, also known as the Queen of Soho, who managed the restaurant up to her 90s. Salvoni, who also managed the upstairs room The Gay Hussar in Greek Street, retired from L’Etoile in 2010.
It is understood that Corus Hotels, which owned the two restaurants for over 15 years, are now looking to sell as they are non-core assets which are no longer a part of the group’s future plans.
Simon Chaplin, director and head of restaurants for Christie & Co, said: “Like its sister restaurant, L’Etoile enjoys an enviable reputation amongst the London dining set. New owners, even without Elena Salvoni’s inimitable input, can look forward to more of the same.”
Christie & Co is seeking offers in the region of £1m for L’Etoile.