12/10/21 - updated with the City Launch date.
Fans of Lina Stores, the distinctive pistachio-green pasta restaurant and deli in Soho and King’s Cross will be delighted with the news that they are branching out. As reported by Big Hospitality last week, they have some significant plans. Brace yourselves, though; we have mixed emotions, given they’re taking over the premises of some pretty impressive London venues, which won’t be re-opening.
First up, Lina Stores City is taking over the Bloomberg Arcade site that was previously home to Andrew Wong’s Michelin-starred Kym’s restaurant (which Andrew Wong decided not to re-open a year ago). The layout will remain broadly the same with ground-floor restaurant and further seating on the mezzanine which they'll have available for private(ish) parties. The tree from Kym's is gone, alas, and replaced by a bar.
Next, Clapham residents, sit up. Lina Stores is taking over the sites formerly occupied by chef Robin Gill’s establishments (Gill announced the closure in August 2020). We’re expecting a Lina Stores restaurant where The Dairy once stood and a deli in the place of Counter Culture.
If that wasn’t enough good news for fresh pasta lovers, Lina Stores are also taking over the Sourced Market site in Marylebone. It’s very much "watch this space", but it’s sounding like there may be more opportunities to get those generously filled cannolis at a location near you.
Here’s a sample of what you can enjoy if you’ve not had the pleasure of Lina Stores before:
- 30-Egg Yolk Tagliolini, Black Truffle, Butter, Parmigiano Reggiano
- Paccheri, Beef Shin Ragù, Horseradish Gremolata, Pangrattato
- Burrata Raviolini, Datterini Tomato, Toasted Pine Nuts
- Limoncello Semi Freddo, Amalfi Lemon
- Cannolo, Ricotta, Pistachio, Chocolate
It’s been an ambitious journey for Lina Stores, more so if you can remember when they started out way back in 1944 as a cute little deli on Soho’s Brewer Street. They've even expanded into places as far afield as Omotesando, Tokyo, recently.
More about Lina Stores
Where are they? Bloomberg Arcade. Clapham and Marylebone
When do they open? Bloomberg Arcade:15 October 2021. Clapham and Marylebone - TBC
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