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It's a sad day today for the London restaurant scene as news broke that Russell Norman's Polpo group was in trouble. The news came in industry newsletter Propel which revealed that Polpo was seeking "to seek a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and sell two loss-making central London sites as its faces a £500,000 tax bill." 

It's probably not the most unexpected of news. And it certainly can't have helped that plans by Luke Johnson of the Patisserie Valerie chain to acquire a sizeable stake in it came to naught when that company collapsed.

And while many naysayers might be saying that the chain had lost its edge in recent years, a sizeable proportion of our Twitter feed is remembering the halcyon days when Russell Norman first opened it. Russell was actually probably one of the first people we interviewed on Hot Dinners, back in the day. Polpo was a complete game changer when it opened a decade ago. Its no-bookings policy and small plates sharing menu influenced a new generation of London's restaurateurs. 

The company, Propel reveals, is hoping to weather the storm and to that end is hoping that the sale of two of its restaurants - Polpetto in Soho and Polpo Notting Hill - will help.


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