Langan’s back from the dead

Langan’s Brasserie, the ultimate celeb haunt of the early 80s, reopens tomorrow (Saturday 30 October) following a complete refurbishment and under new management. A Mayfair magnet for paparazzi in its glory years, Langan’s slid into administration last year after closing in the March lockdown.

It has been rescued by Peter Dubens of Oakley Capital, and will be run by London-born Graziano Arricale, of the Chucs group of upmarket Italian cafés and formerly of Conran and Richard Caring restaurants, and Manchester entrepreneur James Hitchen, founder of Victor’s and Neighbourhood.

Langan’s was founded in 1976 by Irish restaurateur Peter Langan and actor Michael Caine, and won a global reputation for its take on the louche high life, attracting guests ranging from Elizabeth Taylor and Jack Nicholson to David Hockney and Lucien Freud. The restaurant gradually lost its lustre from 1988, when Langan died at the age of 47.

Arricale and Hitchen have promised to “recapture the spirit of the place”, with a revamp that includes a new raw bar, afternoon tea lounge and wine cellar. Another notably contemporary innovation – a private dining room –appears to run contrary to the ‘see-and-be-seen’ ethos of the place, but veteran Langan’s fans will be happy to see that spinach soufflé with anchovy and hollandaise sauce – an old favourite from chef Richard Shepherd’s days in the kitchen – is still listed on the menu.

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