Naturally fast food chain Leon is on the brink of launching its brand new all singing restaurant concept in the West End on Monday.
Last night the restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue hosted a glitzy, red carpet reception for a select number of lucky guests, who were invited to see members of the Leon team put on a show.
The new restaurant will serve the full Leon menu, from breakfast through to dinner and all the bits in-between but with a West End twist. In homage to their showbiz neighbours the team will not only serve, but sing for customers.
The forty-strong team come from all over the UK and are all ages and stages, but are united in their hope that performing at Leon will help propel them on to the West End stage and beyond. They were cast after impressing panels of seasoned professionals at auditions- Helen George (Call the Midwife), Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong and Miller), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter) and Jay Aston (Eurovision winner with Bucks Fizz).
Speaking to Foodservice Equipment Journal at the launch, co-founder of Leon, John Vincent, said: “I can’t believe what we’ve finally done. We had the idea five days before Christmas and we genuinely didn’t know whether it was possible. We have 42 singers!”
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The restaurant decor reflects its Theatre Land surroundings. A deep red carpet will lead guests to the counter, the iconic Leon lady is draped in glitter and the walls will display pictures of members of the Leon family dressed for performances. A lift has been redesigned as a Royal Box, the seating is named the Stalls, there are posters in tribute to classic musicals and musical costumers, and memorabilia from existing Leon family members (employees).