Opening a restaurant on a site that was once run by the most Michelin-decorated chef in the world is no small ask.
So if anyone’s going to do it, it should be someone with a track record of creating instantly popular celeb hotspots that conjure month-long waiting lists within a week of opening – someone like Chiltern Firehouse’s Guillaume Glipa and the Parisian restaurant outfit, Paris Society (behind dining hotspots Loulou and Perruche).
Apparently named after both King Louis XIV and Louis Armstrong, Louie will be a Franco-New Orleans palace of fun, with a two-storey restaurant, a bar area, and a rooftop housed on the old L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon site in Covent Garden.
The restaurant will be headed up by chef Slade Rushing, who has not only left the 2019 New Orleans Restaurant of the Year to come here, but has five James Beard noms – the ‘Oscars of food’ – to his (excellent) name. He’ll be plating up Creole and French cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, in a dining room with ‘clean, light décor’ – all refined, neutral shades and pared-back furnishings… except for the huge oyster bar and the vintage jukebox blasting out Duke Ellington.
And above the two restaurant floors? You’ll find the bar and roof terrace, where you can soak up cocktails next to a roaring fire.
More details soon…
NOTE: Louie is set to open in mid-September – they’ll be opening bookings on 8th September, make yours HERE.
Louie | 13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
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