Thunderbird closes Brixton site as it undergoes rethink

By Sophie Witts contact

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Thunderbird closes Brixton site as it undergoes rethink

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Thunderbird Fried Chicken has closed its original bricks and mortar restaurant in Brixton after just one year of trading.

The site, which was the first standalone opening for the brand​ after it was backed by private equity firm TriSpan in 2019, was described as​ a “long term pop-up”.

The closure leaves Thunderbird with two further restaurant sites, in London’s O2 Arena, and on Villiers Street close to Charing Cross. It also trades from the Giant Robot street food market in Canary Wharf. 

Speaking at MCA’s​ Food To Go​ conference last week Trispan operating partner Robin Rowland described Thunderbird as a “work in progress”, and said he was now more closely involved in managing the brand.

He said: “We’re having to work really hard to understand what we’ve got. The food is fantastic, and we’re refitting Villers Street."

TriSpan also bought a majority stake in Rosa’s Thai Café in 2018​ and has since grown the business from 10 to 18 sites.

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