The restaurant group, which was founded by Gordon Ker, a former associate at leading sector law firm Olswang and Hawksmoor employee, in 2013, will open in the area around Henrietta Street, a location that has become a magnet for restaurants over the past few years.
Known for its hearty portions and good value chops and meat dishes, Blacklock Covent Garden will go head-to-head with Flat Iron, another good value for money meat-focused restaurant group that opened on the street at the end of 2015.
Blacklock started life in Great Windmill Street in Soho, and two years later added a second site in Eastcheap. It opened a third restaurant, its largest to date, in Shoreditch, on the former Rivington Bar & Grill site.
Restaurants on the already crowded locale include Frenchie, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, The Ivy Market Grill, Cora Pearl, The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen and Henrietta Bistro. It is also going to be home to the third London outpost for the Big Mamma group, operator of Italian restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare, which has submitted plans to merge the buildings of 29-30 Maiden Lane and 15 Henrietta Street to make a large destination restaurant.
Blacklock was named Best New Scalable Concept at Restaurant magazine's R200 Awards in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength. The group reportedly has a three-month waiting list for its Blacklock Sunday roast in Soho.