Angela Hartnett has confirmed her third Café Murano restaurant will open in Bermondsey in autumn.
Adam Jay will be head chef, arriving from Cafe Murano in St James, while the restaurant’s assistant manager James Cardy will move over to the new site to lead the front of house.
The expansion was first reported in June and has now been formally announced by Hartnett, who’s chef patron of the group, which includes the her coveted Murano restaurant in Mayfair.
She said: “We’ve been looking to open a new Café Murano for some time but have been searching for the right location. We are excited to have found this site, which is where Zucca used to be – it was a restaurant I loved visiting, Sam Harris is a fantastic chef.
“The area has an excellent food and drink offering, with some great little spots on Bermondsey Street, and nearby Maltby and Borough Market.”
Cafe Murano has established itself as a slick pre-theatre option in the West End, where diners find “relaxed” service and “lovely, regional” Italian food.
The menu will look much the same in south east London. Classics such as osso bucco and anolini in brodo will feature, as will breads, risotto, cicchetti, and aperitivo-style cocktails.