Celebrity-coveting Turkish group takes Putney site for London debut
Köşebaşi will open its first London restaurant at 75 Upper Richmond Road, expanding its global portfolio of restaurants to 24. The restaurant, which namechecks Jack Nicholson, Chelsea Clinton, and Warren Beatty among its “many celebrities” enticed by “global fame” serves a menu of Anatolian dishes, its composition familiar to anyone who has spent any time in Green Lanes, Dalston, or Edmonton. [MCA Insight/Paywall]
Londrino, chef Leandro Carreira’s debut restaurant, will close at the end of February.
Casual dining restaurants decline for first time in nine years
The casual dining sector has seen a drop in volume for the first time in almost a decade, but a small one — 0.1 percent since December 2017. Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) and closures at large chains, including Byron, Jamie’s Italian, and Carluccio’s, have contributed to figures. [The Caterer]
‘High-end’ restaurant group swaps Turkish for South American on Baker Street
Yosma, which closed on Baker Street at the end of January, will be replaced by Playa, a bar reportedly serving South American “tapas-style dishes and cocktails.” The lease is retained by Good Food Society, which has unconfirmed plans to reopen Yosma in Soho. [Big Hospitality]