The Africa Centre seeks operator for HQ restaurant

By Joe Lutrario

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The Africa Centre restaurant Southwark

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The Africa Centre is inviting applications for the operation of its restaurant and bar in its new home in Southwark.

The charity is relocating from Covent Garden to Gunpowder House, a 1960s four-storey former office block building on Great Southwark Street. 

Due to open in Autumn 2021, the new headquarters will have a ‘vibrant pan-African restaurant dedicated to serving the very best of African cuisine’ on the ground floor. 

The charity is seeking a ‘talented and experienced restaurateur with strong ties to Africa and relationships within African diaspora communities in the UK’.

The restaurateur will be expected to help The Africa Centre expand its reach by appealing to a cross-section of constituencies, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage. 

The full tender pack is available here. The deadline for submitting applications is 20 November 2020 and shortlisted candidates will be informed by 26 November 2020. The successful applicant will be confirmed on 2 December 2020. 

“The charity is keen to hear from any experienced restaurant and bar operator with a proven track record of overseeing the day-to-day operations of a contemporary African restaurant,” says a spokesperson.

“An understanding of and ability to serve food and drinks from all regions of Africa is an important requirement for this role. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of an organisation that means so much to so many people across the world.” 

The charity’s former headquarters was once home to Calabash Restaurant. 

The last year or so have seen the arrival of a number of contemporary African-inspired restaurants in the capital, including Chuku’s​, Chishuru​ and Akoko.

The full tender pack is available here. 

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