Chucs Café Kensington is described as the group’s ‘first foray into casual dining’ and will open under the direction of Graziano Arricale, who was formerly operations director at private members’ club Annabel’s.
The all-day café will offer a full-service menu that includes tagliatelle with crab and amalfi lemon; 24-month prosciutto di Parma with broad beans and smoked mozzarella; and fennel risotto with black olive breadcrumbs.
Most dishes on the menu will be available to takeaway, and diners will also be able to purchase paninis, salads and smoothies to-go.
Chucs Café Kensington will be the fifth location in the brand’s portfolio, alongside sites on London’s Dover Street, Westbourne Grove, in Harrods and The Serpentine Gallery.
The group has also announced that it has appointed Simon Henbery as executive chef director.
Henbery previously served as executive chef at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, and more recently at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen London and Barbecoa restaurants, both of which closed yesterday following the collapse of the celebrity chef’s restaurant group.