The company has agreed terms with Capital & Counties Properties to take on the basement site, located on the corner of Covent Garden’s piazza and relaunch it late next year.
The new venue will ‘retain the energetic spirit of Roadhouse’, according to the group, but revive it for a new generation.
“We are excited to revive this Covent Garden institution and bring it into a new era, whilst respecting its long history of live music and dining,” says partner and director Xavier Padovani.
Experimental Group was founded in France in 2007 by childhood friends Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon, with the launch of Experimental Cocktail Club Paris. Padovani joined the group in 2010 when Experimental Cocktail Club opened in London’s Chinatown.
The group has since expanded to include hotels, beach clubs, restaurants and wine bars in the UK, US and Europe. Its London venues include French wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Seven Dials; Henrietta Hotel and restaurant Da Henrietta on Henrietta Street, Covent Garden.
Roadhouse was established in 1992 and was Covent Garden’s oldest music venue. It announced in August last year that it would not reopen citing the pandemic and the uncertainty around late night trade as the reasons behind the decision.