The owners of quirky Argentinian/Kiwi café Lola & Simón have, after six years, decided to sell out to former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham. Kristen and Nico - who named the Hammersmith restaurant after their dogs - said they felt 'mixed emotions' at selling the premises but that it was necessary for the business to be 'expertly guided to the next level'.
That's where Needham - who left Belgravia's once famous Italian Zafferano in 2012 - comes in. He will take over the reins at Lola & Simón this month, supported by the former owners through the transition period.
But regulars to the Ravenscourt Park café, known locally as “the perfect morning pitstop”, need not fear. Needham has no drastic changes on the agenda. He plans to run the cosy establishment with the same energy and enthusiasm as Kristen and Nico, building on its reputation as a great family and community Hammersmith hub.