Piccadilly shuffles its restaurant pack

Changes are afoot in the culinary offerings available on Piccadilly, with historic brasserie Richoux moving out and contemporary wellness café Volonté moving in this week.

Century-old Richoux was bought out of administration two years ago and relaunched by chefs Jamie Butler and Lewis Spencer, who now plan to move it to Soho next year.

They said: “We have loved every minute of our time in Piccadilly, and we are grateful to all our loyal patrons and regulars who have supported us. But Soho is calling, and we can’t wait to move into our incredible new restaurant – bringing everything that our customers love from our classic French onion soup to our patisserie counter – with lots of exciting new surprises for our guests too.”

Volonté (meaning willpower in French) is billed as “an escape among bustling city life… built upon feminine strength, with a core belief that optimum wellbeing is achieved through a life of abundance rather than restriction”.

Led by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Vidushi Binani in partnership with fitness professional Haylene Ryan Causer, it offers nutritional balance bowls, protein shakes and barista-style coffee alongside dishes such as Turkish eggs on toast, a wholemeal halloumi breakfast wrap, a chilli bowl and a Kinder Bueno smoothie.

Vidushi said: “Having launched our flagship site on the Brompton Road in spring 2022, we’re hugely excited to be opening our second site on the iconic street area of Piccadilly. I’m passionate about promoting inclusive wellbeing to those across London and hope our new Piccadilly site will connect with a loyal new community, supporting their everyday wellbeing.” 

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