Restaurant group to launch new concept in stylish London setting

St Christopher's Place

Manchester-based San Carlo Restaurant Group is to launch a new Italian restaurant concept in one of London’s most stylish and popular neighbourhoods.

The 6,000 sq ft 200-cover Italian restaurant, with two outdoor dining terraces, will open at St Christopher’s Place, Marleybone, in Spring 2021.

One of the UK’s most successful independent restaurant groups, San Carlo is owned by the Distefano family whose estate numbers 21 restaurants across the UK, six of which are in Greater Manchester and five globally in Qatar, Bangkok, Riyadh and Bahrain.

The new restaurant will add to the current portfolio of restaurants across London which includes Alto by San Carlo, the rooftop, Selfridges, Signor Sassi on Knightsbridge Green, Cicchetti Piccadilly and Covent Garden, San Carlo Regent Street St James’s and Fumo St Martin’s Lane.

Managing director, Marcello Distefano, said: “We are very excited to have been able to acquire this site as it has been on our radar for a long time.

“St Christopher’s Place and the area surrounding it has been going through an amazing transformation over the past couple of years. We’re looking forward to bringing something new and exciting and will be revealing our plans in the coming weeks.

“Although London is very difficult at the moment, we believe it will come back stronger than ever.”

Simon Donaldson, general manager for St Christopher’s Place, said: “We are delighted that the San Carlo Group have chosen this location for what we are sure will be yet another great concept from them.

“This opening will further enhance the St Christopher’s Place reputation as an amazing neighbourhood for quality, interesting and exciting restaurant offers. It is encouraging to see that San Carlo Group share our vision for the future.”

Sammy Weinbaum, director at CDG Leisure, who acted on behalf of San Carlo group, said: “We are delighted to have acted on behalf of San Carlo Restaurants who’ve proved, by signing the lease on this fantastic Central London location and growing their already successful portfolio of restaurants, that there is great hope that the once thriving London restaurant industry will bounce back in 2021.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for St Christopher’s Place as retained agents.