Updated 11/1/17 with a statement from a spokesperson from the restaurant.
The modern European bistro 8 Hoxton Square, in Shoreditch, has announced its sudden closure. Referencing the restaurant’s website, Big Hospitality reported the news this afternoon.
A note on the website, and a pre-recorded answering machine message at the restaurant says simply: “8 Hoxton Square has now closed for business. Many thanks for your custom over the years, we hope you visit our sister restaurant 10 Greek Street.”
Both restaurants are owned by chef Cameron Emerali and former wine buyer and sommelier Luke Wilson. The site on Shoreditch’s Hoxton Square opened early in 2014, following the successful launch of their simple, seasonal and wine-focused restaurant on Greek Street in 2012.
A spokesperson responded to Eater London’s request for comment with the following statement: “After 4 great years 8 Hoxton Square has now closed for business (end of Dec). The team want to thank all their customers, who are now encouraged to visit them at their sister business, 10 Greek St, which continues to thrive.
“[The owners] are in the process of selling the lease in order to focus on other areas of the business, news of which I can share with you in roughly one month.
“They continue to operate The Refectory, the café at Whitechapel Gallery launched last year.”
It is further evidence that the tough times being spoken about by operators are beginning to materially impact the industry. News of 8 Hoxton Square's fate follows the surprise announcement of The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square’s closure in December, as well a number of notable others throughout 2017, including HKK in the City, Paradise Garage in Bethnal Green, Veneta in St. James’s, and Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens just last week.