The London Jukebox will open its first space on Upper Street, Islington, replacing Japanese teppanyaki and sushi restaurant Sen Nin. A local tipster told Eater that the concert organiser will open its first formal music venue at 206 Upper Street. The street has been subject to a strangely concentrated restaurant flux in recent times, with a string of closures and takeovers.
The venue promises “music, food and drink - with an international twist.” It goes on: “street food and sharing platters will be at the core of our food offering. Starting off with a distinctly Indian flavour, and away from the traditional fare, from the streets of Calcutta to the shores of Bombay, will be our starting point.”
Up to now, the London Jukebox has hosted individual music nights at venues around the capital, and this appears to be the first time that food will be part of the core offering. A regionally-divided menu promises aloo tiki, sev puri, and chilli garlic mogo cassava chips, from the north, west, and east African diaspora respectively. It may be a music venue first, but if the menu is executed well, food will take top billing too.