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Dishoom Co-Founders Exit the Business — and More News

Roux’s The Wigmore opens, Wendy’s is popping up in Covent Garden and The Pilgrm Hotel announces its food outlets

Helen Cathcart

Dishoom co-founders depart
In a statement, Dishoom said: “We would like to inform you that Amar and Adarsh Radia, who were co-founders of Dishoom with Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, have decided to exit the business and will be pursuing other business ventures. Amar and Adarsh wish the existing team headed by Shamil and Kavi continued success, while Shamil and Kavi thank Amar and Adarsh for their contributions and wish them success in their ventures.” The Radia brothers co-founded the business in 2010 with cousins Shamil and Kavi Thakrar. The Caterer report that Amar and Adarsh’s — “serial entrepreneurs” — first business venture was a franchise of Subway, which they built up to 29 sites before selling.

Best pub grub in London: Masala scotch egg at The Wigmore pub
The Wigmore Scotch egg
Paul Judd

The Wigmore opens today
Michel Roux Jr’s new “modern British tavern” (presumably a gastropub) opens today on inside The Langham hotel. In an effort to distance itself from the kind of exclusivity and formality associated with other Roux restaurants (including Roux at the Landau, also in The Langham), the press release says that The Wigmore will be “open to everyone.” Expect craft beers and “elevated” bar snacks, such as a masala-spiced Scotch egg with dahl relish and riffs on British classics in the dining room — dishes like Balvenie-whisky smoked salmon and Ox cheek and ale pie. Drinks will be overseen by “world’s best bar 2012” Artesian — one of the Langham Hotel’s onsite bars.

Wendy’s pop-up in Covent Garden
Hot Dinners report that the American burger chain will pop up for one day only — this lunchtime. A burger, ‘frosty’ and soft drink will cost £4. It is thought to be a marketing stunt ahead of a rumoured expansion to the U.K. Wendy’s is thought to be the third biggest global hamburger chain after Burger King and McDonald’s. Find it today at 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5BZ.

Mackerel at The Pilgrm

The Pilgrm hotel announces two food outlets
The new 73-room hotel in Paddington — a collaboration between Jason Catifeoglou, Andreas and Steph Thrasyvoulou — today announced that the hotel will have a 30-cover restaurant and a cafe called Lounge and Café, respectively. The Pilgrm will house a ground floor cafe and neighbourhood meeting space with coffee and pastries; a first floor lounge “serving globally inspired all-day dining and a late night cocktail bar.” The hotel will open in Norfolk Square in the autumn this year.

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