JAN, one of London’s newest restaurants, has suddenly closed due to a ‘rental dispute’

One of London’s newest restaurants has closed – possibly indefinitely – apparently due to a rental dispute.

Polish chef Damian Wawrzyniak has exclusively told Harden’s that his new Clapham restaurant JAN, which opened to much fanfare in June, had closed until further notice.

Wawrzyniak, 38, runs House of Feasts in Peterborough and opened JAN with a business partner, who has asked not to be named.

The chef had taken over an existing restaurant site of the same name, but totally redesigned its interiors and with a new menu and concept.

Previously talking of his “excitement” at launching JAN, Wawrzyniak’s first London restaurant, he said of the closure: “Since we started the discussion about opening JAN, I was ready and fully committed to create something great in London.

JAN has closed after less than a month

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“A rental review came as a total surprise and disappointment. The restaurant had made an impact. We have had an amazing three weeks with a full restaurant and bookings until September.

“The situation is tricky, but I will now concentrate on House of Feasts. I want to continue delivering there. I’m not sure what will happen to JAN. It depends on the terms.

“We are closing JAN due to disagreement over a rent review with the landlords.”

Wawrzyniak added he was unsure whether he would return to JAN and suggested salvaging the project was – while not impossible – seemingly unlikely.

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