The owners of two of London’s most celebrated modern Turkish restaurants, Oklava and Kyseri, have announced that they will close the latter and instead replace it with “an exciting new project on the site” in Fitzrovia.
Founders Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie said: “After a year and a half of making Fitzrovia our home for Kyseri we have taken the decision to move in a different direction.
“We love the location and space of Kyseri, our customers and the neighbourhood we’ve gotten to know, and so with an exciting new project up our sleeve we’re sticking to recent roots and will re-open on our existing site.”
It suggests that Kiazim and Christie will instead turn to the grill style that has made Oklava such a success in Shoreditch. Kyseri, by contrast, had elected to draw on the Anatolian and Silk Road cuisine of the region of Kayseri in central Turkey — beef-filled manti dumplings and eriste, the signature dishes.
The duo have also confirmed that the forthcoming project will “see Selin pursue her long-time personal passion for Turkish baking, complemented by Laura’s love of wines from the same region.”
The restaurant will close on 21 December before the new restaurant opens in the new year.
“We’re looking forward to sharing these last few months with our customers as we say farewell to Kyseri,” the owners said.