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It's been hard to ignore the furore around a recent incident at the Brick House Bakery in East Dulwich. The owner of the café in south London politely asked a parent to take their crying baby outside to settle it as it was disturbing other customers. This then erupted into a social-media frenzy with the victim taking to Instagram to criticise the café. At the time of writing, there were more than 300 comments on the cafe's feed.

Everyone will have their own opinion about this, but I believe the owner of Brick House Bakery, while explaining his duty to give his customers a pleasant experience, sums it up rather well. 'Parents have a responsibility to look after their children. We are a cafe, not a creche.' It also seems to me that there's a business opportunity here somewhere too…

Have a good week.


Lina Stores

A love-of-food story comes full circle as Masha Rener, who fell for Lina Stores Italian deli when she moved to London 20 years ago, has returned after running a restaurant in Umbria to become head chef at Lina Stores – 51 Greek Street. The famed 75-year-old brand will serve its classic pastas and more when it launches its first restaurant in spring. It will have 51 covers over two floors, decorated in its trademark colours and a mid-century feel.

El Pastor

A tortilleria sounds more poetic than a taco factory, but the El Pastor team don’t mind which term is used for the next venture, a spin-off in Druid Street of their Borough Market restaurant. The late-March opening from founders Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville will see fresh corn tortillas made and sold every day, as well as the cheeses, salsas, meats and chillis needed to assemble tacos at home (plus mezcal and beers). The tortilleria will also serve food at a taco bar, seating six, plus 20 at tables.


More details are emerging about an exciting new festival, exclusively for the hospitality world. PX+ will take place this August on Duchess Farm in Hertfordshire and there will be food demos, panel discussions, makers’ workshops, music, bars and a 60-cover restaurant – it’s a very modish, eclectic line-up. CODE is going to be there, along with some major names from across our industry. For more information and to register for tickets, click here.


The term ‘frommelier’ was a new one on CODE when we heard it, attached to information on the revamp of French restaurant Orrery. The 21-year-old Marylebone fixture has a new look and a new menu designed chef-patron Igor Tymchyshyn, although not straying from the classic French cuisine that made it famous. So from today, diners can expect a few new dishes as well as tournedos Rossini and steak tartare, and more than 30 cheeses, explained by you-know-who.


Also in Marylebone, husband-and-wife team Limor and Amir Chen will open an eastern Mediterranean restaurant at the end of the month. Delamina will take its inspiration from Limor’s family roots in Israel, Russia and Iran, featuring such dishes as koftas and halva, and the herbs and spices of that vast region. The accompanying drinks list at the 80-seater, family-home-style restaurant will include Israeli and Lebanese wines.


Ed Thaw, one of the founders of Ellory, wrote eloquently in the last CODE Quarterly in defence of sharing plates, so it was sad to hear that the restaurant is closing next month. However along with co-owner Jack Lewens, Thaw already has plans for a new place in Shoreditch, this time called Leroy (we see what they did there). Ellory won a Michelin star last year for its modern, stylish menu and from 19 March, diners will find out what Leroy has to offer.


In a climate of doom and gloom around the hospitality business, some good news. Imbiba, the specialist leisure and hospitality investment group, has closed the Imbiba Growth Fund, having reached its target of £50m (including a healthy investment of £30m from the British Business Bank). The Imbiba Growth Fund will provide growth capital and operational support to young and dynamic UK leisure businesses looking to scale up their operations.

Dip in Brilliant

Good news for fans of the Brilliant restaurant in Southall – Dipna Anand of the family-run business is opening her own first venture this month, in Chelsea. Dip in Brilliant will be an informal, 70-cover restaurant (more manageable than the original’s 220 covers) and chef Anand will focus on the thalis that Brilliant is famous for, and other Punjabi specialities.

Stephen Tozer and
Ed Brunet

“Something punchier, bolder and more surprising” is how Tozer and Brunet, founders of Le Bab, describe their new project. Maison Bab, which will open later in spring in the new Mercer Walk development in Covent Garden, will still serve the kebabs they’re famous for, but in new styles. Most diners at the no-reservations, 70-cover site will sit in rooms on two floors, but there’s a ‘secret’ open kitchen space for 10 too.

Michael Staub

Congratulations to Michael Staub, winner of this year’s Gold Service Scholarship. The young floor manager at Rosewood London beat more than a hundred entrants in a rigorous judging process; in its sixth year, the scholarship had a diverse range within its eight finalists, and there was loud applause for them at the ceremony last week, from hospitality’s big hitters. Staub will have placements at Mandarin Oriental hotels and a Michelin-starred restaurant as part of his award.

Ed Wyand

Ed Wyand has joined restaurant consultancy firm Montana Fogg. Wyand spent five years at Scott’s in Mayfair before leaving in 2013 to launch his own restaurant Verden in Hackney. Most recently he was the COO of Santa Cruz Co., where he and Seb Fogg oversaw the opening of Isabel last year. He will work with Laura Montana and Fogg to help expand the business and develop
new projects.

Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens is closing his flagship Chelsea restaurant today for a month for a refurbishment that will also see a new direction. From 21 March, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea will feature a big bar with counter seating, an
all-sharing plate menu and an open pass. In a celebration of the British produce that inspires the menu, the walls will feature photographs of suppliers. Aikens first opened a restaurant on the SW3 site in 2006.


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Richard Caring is moving closer to Daphne's and Harry's Dolce Vita, two of his restaurants. The Sunday Times reports that the owner of Caprice Holdings has snapped up Park House in South Kensington for £40m. Not bad considering it was on the market for £105m.

Deliveroo is looking to float on either the London or New York stock exchange, which would value the food delivery business at more than $2bn. Perhaps then they'd have enough cash to train their delivery cyclists to not ride on pavements.

Last year it was announced that
chef Tom Kerridge was no longer going to be involved with opening a restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton
in Knightsbridge. However, The Dumbwaiter hears that the chef behind The Hand and Flowers in Marlow is still going to open a restaurant in central London.
Watch this space.

The trade press incorrectly reported last week that Radici in Islington was closing. The Dumbwaiter pinged Des Gunewardena a message on Friday to find out what was actually going on. "Funnily enough I was with Francesco last night. I said to him with so many new openings coming up here and in New York, I joked that I didn't know where the money was going to come from. So when I read this morning that Radici was being sold for £3.6m I thought wow quick work Francesco! Sorry to disappoint the naysayers, but it's the building we are in and not our restaurant that's for sale!"

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