The owners have confirmed on Ellory's Instagram page that the restaurant will be reopening in Shoreditch under the moniker 'Leroy', on 19 March. The name is one of the team's terms of endearment for Ellory as "many people couldn't seem to say our name properly".
The 48-cover restaurant was opened by sommelier Jack Lewens and chef Matthew Young in November 2015, and is listed on the site as available from 16 March with a one to three year term available, “pending negotiation”. Young -who came to prominence cooking at nearby Jay Rayner-approved neighbourhood restaurant Mayfields- left the business shortly before it was awarded a star in the 2017 Michelin guide.
Located on the ground floor of Westgate Street’s Netil House, the site is described as a “one of a kind commercial premises” in a “thriving creative hub” by Eat, Work, Art, the organisation that manages the multi-use property.
Its location, equidistant from London Fields and Cambridge Heath stations, is close to Netil Market and Gizzi Erskine’s upcoming Mare Street Market project. The area is described on Rightmove as “undergoing substantial redevelopment and increasing footfall.”
The business is now headed up by Lewens, fellow sommelier Ed Thaw and head chef Sam Kamienko. The restaurant serves modern European sharing plates, including calçots and almond; turbot, mussels and artichokes; and octopus, potato and black olive.