Casual dining chain Prezzo is preparing to open its first new site in three years – and the pièce de résistance is a highly efficient kitchen plan that it hasn’t trialled before.
The 4,000 square site, at the Islington Square development in North London, is due to launch later this summer and will be equipped with the latest kit to ensure chefs go about their work in the most effective and sustainable way.
The branch will be the first to feature Prezzo’s new energy efficient kitchen plan, which it says will increase the energy efficiency of its cooking by 47% and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 75%.
Executive chair Karen Jones said the site would be “the greenest Prezzo to date” and serve as a place to try out new equipment.
It will be used as its main UK testbed for sustainability initiatives that will be rolled out across its estate if they prove successful.
Prezzo, which is now under the ownership of Cain International, will be moving its restaurant support centre to the development.
Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive of Cain International, said the business has an exciting pipeline of opportunities ahead as its sites reopen again.
“As we emerge from the restrictions of lockdown and enjoy increasing freedom to socialise, we are confident that Prezzo will benefit from the pent-up demand for hospitality-driven experiences.
“Islington is an iconic destination for retail, culture and dining in London, making it the perfect location for Prezzo’s headquarters and a new restaurant location.”