Close to Brighton’s The Lanes area on Black Lion Street, the 7,000 sq ft site has been vacant since Jamie’s Italian collapsed in 2019.
Opening on 11 June, Rum Kitchen Brighton will seat 300 covers internally over two floors. It will also have a private dining area with its own bar, and a roof terrace.
Rum Kitchen launched in 2013 in the Notting Hill building that was once home to the Mangrove Club, which was famously run by Black community activist Frank Crichlow in the 1960s.
Two further London sites have followed in Brixton and Shoreditch. It offers a Caribbean-inspired menu - including the likes of curried goat and jerk chicken, alongside over 100 different rums.
“Brighton is an incredibly energetic, fantastically eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood with a history rooted in music and the arts – characteristics that chime with Rum Kitchen and who we are."
"We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the culture and community, bringing our Caribbean-mix of rum, food and music to the city,” says managing director Mike Parnham.