Antipodean brunch spot Embassy East, which has been operating since 2013, made the surprising announcement on Instagram.
“So we have some news....We have (with very heavy hearts) decided not to renew the lease on Hoxton Street. This means that Embassy East will no longer exist in its current form,” the restaurant posted.
“It has been an incredible experience and we feel very fortunate to be in a position to wrap it up in this site at a time when it feels right.”
Owners Tom Studholme and Chris Coleman hinted that the brand will be evolving, but did not give reasons for their closure. The site on which Embassy East operates is a council-owned property as opposed to one owned by a commercial landlord, so indiscriminate rent hikes are less likely to be imposed.
The owners told Eater London that they are working on a “bigger project” to be announced in the New Year.
“We will be scaling it up in a more accessible location with the continued emphasis on great coffee and food. Driven by a focus to share our ethos with a wider audience.”
Embassy East’s announcement follows several surprising restaurant closures this year, including Bel Air, Hix Mayfair, Paradise Garage, Veneta, Vineet Bhatia and HKK.