Gymkhana owners to open gastropub in Fitzrovia
Gymkhana owners Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants are to open a gastropub in Fitzrovia on the former site of The George on Great Portland Street.
As reported by Eater, the trio, who also own Bridgadiers – a pub inspired by the army mess bars of India in the City – are poised to take over both The Geogre on Great Portland Street and The Cadogan Arms on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
According to Eater, the venue taking over The George will be treated as an entirely new projected and will not fall under the JKS umbrella.
The gastropub will however be making use of the talents of James Knappett, who runs the two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia (owned by the Sethis) with his wife Sandia Chang, who heads up grower Champagne and hotdog specialist Bubbledogs next door.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Sethis are also reportedly scouting out King’s Cross with the view to opening a new restaurant concept there.
Over the last decade the trio have built up one of the most successful restaurant groups in London. Their portfolio includes high-end modern Indian restaurants Gymkhana and Trishna, and Sri Lankan pancake palace Hoppers.
The trend-spotters have also invested in some of the top London restaurants to have opened in recent years, including Lyle’s in Shoreditch, Flor in Borough Market, Sabor in Mayfair, Xu in Soho and steamed dumpling specialist Bao.
Last month the Sethi’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana was forced to close after a fire ripped through the restaurant. It took 60 members of the London Fire Brigade to get the blaze under control after it spread to multiple floors.