Vivi closes at Centre Point after six months blaming 'low footfall'

By Sophie Witts contact

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Vivi closes Centre Point restaurant after six months

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Vivi, the flagship restaurant at London’s Centre Point development, has closed after six months of trading.

The 290-cover site opened in February, after a delay of over a year​, ​as part of the conversion of a 1960’s skyscraper near Tottenham Court Road in to luxury flats, shops and restaurants.

But a statement on Vivi’s website says it closed on 27 August.

Rhubarb hospitality group, which operates the site, told BigHospitality​ low footfall and ongoing construction around the development had made it impossible to continue trading.

“We are incredibly proud of the beautiful restaurant we created at Centre Point and have had great feedback from our guests,” Rhubarb says statement.

“Due to factors beyond our control such as the on-going building works, incomplete public plaza, lack of footfall and the Crossrail delay, the business has not been able to get to the desired position in our agreed timescales.

“To continue operating is not sustainable and we have had to take, after much consideration, the difficult, but commercial decision to close. Where possible we have relocated the Vivi team to our sister restaurants and the company will be supporting colleagues through the transition."

Vivi does not appear to be the first operator to pull out of the area, Black Sheep Coffee also looks to have closed its Centre Point café.

Famed Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung was set to launch its second London restaurant at the scheme​ in early 2019, but has yet to confirm an opening date.

The latest addition to Centre Point is the Arcade Food Theatre, which opened last month​, ​joining Vapiano and Pret A Manger at the development.

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