|King Street's Lola & Simón Renamed L'Amorosa|
But new owner promises no other drastic changes to popular cafe
One of King Street's most popular cafes, Lola & Simón, has been renamed L'Amorosa.
The previous owners Kristen and Nico have posted this message on the website, explaining: " The owners of quirky Argentinian/Kiwi café Lola & Simón have, after six years, sold to former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham. "
Kristen and Nico - who named the Hammersmith restaurant after their dogs - said they felt 'mixed emotions' at selling the premises but that it was necessary for the business to be 'expertly guided to the next level'.
The restaurant was named after Simón (Nico's cocker spaniel) and Lola (Simón's mate, who was rescued from the streets of Buenos Aires) although Nico and Kirstin became accustomed to answering to these names.
Andy Needham, who left Belgravia's once famous Italian Zafferano in 2012, has now taken over the reins and decided on the "rebranding" to L'Amorosa, which meands The Loving.
And he promises: " Regulars to the Ravenscourt Park café, known locally as 'the perfect morning pitstop', need not fear. "
Andy says he has no drastic changes on the agenda, planning to run the cosy establishment with the same energy and enthusiasm as Kristen and Nico, building on its reputation as a great family and community Hammersmith hub.
"Nico and kirsten have done an amazing job in creating a fantastic team and business. I am really looking forward to meeting all the regular guests personally, and would very much appreciate any feedback," says Andy, who has also worked at The Savoy, Le Pré Catalan in Paris and La Cinzianella near Lake Como, and after taking over as Zafferano’s head chef, held on to its Michelin star for the next 12 years.
September 19, 2014