The restaurant, which started out as a street food business in 2012, posted a tweet yesterday telling customers “it has been confirmed that we have to leave our Neal’s Yard site in the very near future, so come and enjoy our last few days in The Yard.”
In response to a customer asking why the restaurant is closing, the restaurant writes that the council had rejected its planning permission.
Owned by partners Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes, Native suggests that it will be relocating to a new location, tweeting that it “won’t be far away” and that there are “exciting times ahead.”
Native serves dishes made from zero-waste and foraged sourced products, including snacks “made from what many would consider waste, but to us is a product in its own right”; potato risotto with fermented truffle potato and tamari; and deer with caramelised cauliflower, carrots and their tops.
Native’s closure comes amid a period of change for the Neal’s Yard, Soho and Covent Garden area, as landlord Shaftesbury is signing a host of new restaurants.