The Borough Market branch of Arabica Bar & Kitchen reopened its doors to the public at 11 o’clock this morning and resumed service as normal.
The restaurant has been closed since the London terror attack 11 days ago.
James Walters, founder of Arabica, said: “Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences remain with the friends and families of the victims and those still fighting for their lives. We need to stay strong, support each other, re-open our doors and allow the healing process to begin. We are going to need London more than ever now so please come and visit us and the rest of our Borough Market community soon.”
To mark the re-opening, Arabica Bar & Kitchen will be adding the aptly named, London Courage to the cocktail menu (Arabica’s Levantine take on a traditional Tom Collins), and on Sunday 18th June the restaurant will launch its informal Sunday music sessions.
Walters added: “This will be an opportunity for guests and visitors to Borough to come together, rejoice and salute the incredible values our society stands for – freedom, tolerance, diversity and love.”
Arabica Bar & Kitchen will donate all ticket sales and £1 per London Courage Cocktail served to the Borough Market Relief Fund.
Gourmet Goat’s East Mediterranean village food unit also reopened today. Co-founders Nadia and Nick Stokes said they wished to “pass on their thanks” to everyone for their support during the past 11 days and express their deepest sympathies following the events that occurred.
They are offering visitors to Gourmet Goat’s stall little pots of their homemade Koliva – a traditional Eastern Mediterranean offering in memory of life that has passed. Koliva is a sweet mix of wheat berries, pomegranate seeds, sultanas, nuts, mint, sugar, aniseed, cinnamon and sesame seeds.
Each ingredient has ancient symbolism including celebration of life, sweet scents of our world, wishes for finding peace in a greener and sweeter heavenly world. In return for the dish, Gourmet Goat will ask for a donation to the Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund.
A statement from Borough Market said: “While the victims of last week’s terror attack will never be forgotten, and while the trauma experienced by the Borough Market and wider London community will weigh heavily for a long time to come, it is essentially for the wellbeing of everyone associated with Borough Market that we return to at least a semblance of normality as soon as we can. On Wednesday, the bell will ring, the stalls will open, customers will start to arrive, and the healing process will begin.”
The market’s staff have worked around the clock and through the weekend, in circumstances of both logistical challenge and emotional strain, in an attempt to get the place ready for its reopening, the statement added.