Native launches crowdfund for new site after sudden closure

By Sophie Witts contact

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Native launches crowdfund for new site after sudden closure
London restaurant Native has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it relocate to a new site following its closure last week.

Owners Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis were forced to shut their original Neal’s Yard restaurant​ on 19 May after they were refused planning permission and landlord Shaftesbury decided not to renew their lease.

They have since secured a new site in Southwark, ​and are hoping to raise £50,000 towards refurbishing the space, buying equipment and paying their 12 members of staff before they reopen on 5 June.

The original Native started out as a pop-up in 2015 and received positive reviews from Jay Rayner in The Observer​ and Grace Dent in The Evening Standard.

The new site will more than double the restaurant’s covers to 60 and feature a dedicated bar area, while menus will maintain its zero-waste ethos focusing on foraged and home-grown ingredients.

“In tiny Neal’s Yard we proved that we could create incredible, award winning food in a challenging space,” the team wrote on their Kickstarter page.

“We now have the opportunity to move into a fully functioning kitchen, restaurant and bar, and are ready to show you what else we have in store. The sky really is the limit!”

To view the Kickstarter page click here.

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