Update 9.04.19: Soutine will open during the week of 29 April.
Jeremy King and Chris Corbin — the restaurateurs behind one of London’s most celebrated hotspots, The Wolseley on Piccadilly — have announced that they will open a seventh restaurant in the capital.
The as-yet-unnamed business Soutine will open on St. John’s Wood High Street, in the north of the city, close to Regent’s Park and Lord’s cricket ground.
It appears the site acquired by the high-profile operators is that which was until recently occupied by the struggling casual Italian chain, Carluccio’s. Eater contacted representatives of Carluccio’s who said the St John’s Wood site closed on the 24 December last year, “in order to relocate to the Marriott hotel in Maida Vale on the 3 April this year.
The news was announced on Twitter by Richard Vines, who said that King had “just received the keys to a new site in St John’s Wood — on the High Street.” He he added that, in style, it would be somewhere between Colbert, the French-inspired cafe-brasserie on Sloane Square, and Fischer’s, the duo’s Viennese cafe in Marylebone. It would, nevertheless have its “own identity,” Corbin was quoted as saying.
The restaurant is now expected to open
not until the end of the year in 2019 and will add to a portfolio that comprises The Delaunay, Colbert, Fischer’s, Colony Grill Room, Brasserie Zédel, and Bellanger,
Per Jeremy King’s newsletter:
One of the things that has preoccupied me this summer is our new site in St John’s Wood, which, in answer to many questions, I can now announce is to be named ‘Soutine’. It is very much in the spirit of what I see as a strong artistic heritage in the area – the St John’s Wood Art School (later named the Anglo-French Art Centre), opened by returnees from the Parisian Art Community, being an immensely influential institution and a ‘feeder’ to the Royal Academy. The question that has also been asked a great deal is “When will it open?” A little later than we anticipated as we have to be patient on some planning issues and this will take us into the New Year. Que será, será…