Bar group breaks into London fine dining market

Zebrano

Zebrano Bars have announced plans for expansion into the City with the arrival of a third site in the shadow of the Gherkin.

The company said that the restaurant, bar and late night lounge signalled a “new chapter” for the group, offering fine dining for the first time.

Zebrano was formed in 2004 by the founder of Seymour-Valentine Coffee, Cevat Riza, and former head of hospitality for JP Morgan, Don Cameron, when they opened Zebrano Carnaby, followed by Zebrano Soho on Greek Street in 2008.

Pauline Crossman, a partner in an accountancy practice who joined the business in 2013 as their finance director is also one of the main shareholders in the project.

The venues have both experienced a 20% growth every year and the group are consequently now about to embark on a larger scale project, with Zebrano in the City being their first virgin build.

The two-floor venue will span more than 6,000 square feet and offer drinking, dining and dancing under one roof. The top floor will house a luxury dining experience with dishes prepared by Zebrano’s team of chefs, while the lower ground will have more of a late night lounge ambience, serving smaller sharing dishes and delicious cocktails.

Zebrano will also be the only restaurant to collaborate with Taittinger Champagne on a Chef’s Table concept for up to eight people. It will offer a tasting menu of seven mouthwatering courses designed, served and explained by the chefs and expertly paired with a matching Taittinger champagne with each course.

The brigade will be led by executive chef, Chris MacCormick, who the company said has created a well-conceived menu which merges both European and Asian flavours.

 

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