After 38 years at Le Caprice, Jesus Adorno lasts less than a month with Arlington

Jesus Adorno has quit as director of Arlington, Jeremy King’s comeback restaurant on the former site of Le Caprice in St James’s – less than a month after it opened.

He announced his decision this week in an Instagram post reading: “With great sorrow I handed my notice this morning to @jeremyrbking @arlingtonrestaurant, it wasn’t a good fit for me and I decided it wasn’t right, #familytime ❤️❤️”.

Neither Jesus nor Jeremy have commented further, although the “family time” reference may be read as a comment on the intensity of the hype surrounding the Arlington launch and Jeremy’s drive to establish his new restaurant group.

Bolivian-born Jesus was the legendary maître d’ of Le Caprice for 38 years, both under Jeremy’s former company Corbin & King and its subsequent owner, Richard Caring.

His appointment at Arlington was pitched as symbolising the reincarnation of Le Caprice under its new name – when Caring closed the restaurant during the pandemic and let the lease go, he held on to the Caprice branding.

Jeremy has two further openings planned for this year: the Park, a modern ‘grand café’ overlooking Kensington Gardens, scheduled for May, and his revival of Simpson’s in the Strand in the autumn.

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