Hartnett set to open second Café Murano

Michelin starred Chef Angela Hartnett is set to open a second version of her Café Murano.
Based in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, the restaurant is expected to also feature seasonal Italian dishes served in a relaxed environment, with a particular emphasis on cuisine from the north of the country.
Heading up the kitchen will be Richard Lloyd who previously worked with Hartnett as Sous Chef at Hartnett, Holder and Co., although his new role will see him promoted to hold the title of Head Chef.
The new 140 cover London restaurant is planned to be open by June, with the site set to be designed by Russell Stage Studios, which will produce a ground floor of dark wooden tables, antique mirrors and terracotta leather seating. Meanwhile, the upstairs will house a Carrara marble bar and a glass roof, as well as a counter displaying breads, antipasti and seasonal produce.
Speaking about her new launch, Hartnett said: "I am thrilled to be opening Café Murano in the heart of Covent Garden’s opera quarter. This area of London is cultured but laid back and that chimes completely with our approach to dining. I am looking forward to working with Richard, whose maturing talent I have witnessed at Hartnett, Holder and Co., and to making Café Murano Tavistock Street a unique and valued addition to the area."
As well as the original Café Murano, which she opened on St James’s Street in 2013, Hartnett also runs the Michelin starred Murano restaurant and launched Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch two years ago.
In other news, Michelin starred Chef Alan Murchison is set to reopen Le Becasse next month after buying the Ludlow premise’s lease.
Formerly the co-owner of the restaurant, Murchison is this time due to also take control of the kitchen and has created a new menu to mark the event.
By Owen Mckeon
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