Light at the end of the tunnel for La Lanterna?

On Twitter, Rachel reports today that kitchen equipment was being taken in to La Lanterna, the Brockley Road restaurant, which has been closed for several years. This follows one or two other recent sightings of activity inside the defunct restaurant. Could this rotting waste of space finally be flickering in to life?

31 comments:

Ed (CPZ) said...

I'd bet on England at the Euros before I bet on that...

Ian on the Hill said...

What's the betting it's deep fat fryers?

headhunter said...

Let's hope they decide to get rid of the tasteless mock palladian frontage they half installed contravening the approved planning application they put in...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they are hot on the heels of the Gantry ... ha!

Anonymous said...

Do we know if it is still owned by the Biaggio group, or have they got rid of it yet?

@HighStreetBen said...

Well they've just closed down their one in East India Docks- so I wouldn't hold your breath

Anonymous said...

That might actually be promising - if they're closing others down then they might be more active in trying to shift their properties and it might be able to get into the hands of somebody who actually wants to do something? Wishful thinking, but you never know...

The other explanation is that as they've shut down the West India Quay one, they wanted somewhere to store all of their kitchen equipment before handing back the keys?...

Anonymous said...

I meant East India Docks, not West India Quays!

Anonymous said...

What kind of restaurant do people think would go well there?

Anonymous said...

Radical thought, but a good Italian might just work ...

Jojo said...

Tapas would be Fab!

Anonymous said...

A permanent home for homeslice would be nice! again, wishful thinking...

Aricana said...

A good Italian restaurant would be great.

Anonymous said...

Would love a restaurant that sells lovely wood fired pizzas and nice wine. Much like Francos in Brixton! Simple as...

Anonymous said...

Dominics do lovely pizza

Anonymous said...

No they don't!

Anonymous said...

Yes they do!

A good Italian would be nice

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disappoint you, but it is not going to open. Recent works have turned into a hostel with breakfast room on the ground floor.

Not very succesful restorateur this guy, Biagio. He certainly missed the new trend of Brockley.

Brockley Nick said...

yes, that sounds right...

Anonymous said...

Seems to still be owned by Biagio who look to be selling their Picadilly location (http://www.daltonsbusiness.com/restaurants-for-sale/prime-piccadilly-restaurant-and-bar-london-uk/257835) and their Bankside one.

Anonymous said...

Shame - great chance missed to make serious money.

Anonymous said...

Are there no rules around empty business premises and the powers that councils have? I think they have some when it's an empty house. I'm also sure the owners could find someone who'd make a great business out of that space, good pizza or otherwise. They'd see some money then.

Anonymous said...

Will the hostel serve honest fayre?

NAT said...

I wonder what it should be called?

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NAT said...

Okay The Bored Badger, let me do it, because Brockley is an 'old word for badger'! Dah dah . Off up the hill now to the Max finale where I expect not to be at all bored.

Good Luck with the reality shows 20:11.

NAT said...

That makes even less sense now than when I wrote it, I fear I must insist upon being deleted.

Anonymous said...

Biagio bankside has been closed for a while. He could not make that restaurant work either.

@HighStreetBen said...

@8 June 2012 16:10 I think you're right that they've moved kitchen equipment to this location too. The EID location one was hilarious - it was the only restaurant within the big office complex (about 7000 workers on-site), and yet was fitted out like a travel tavern cafe, staffed by the sternest of europeans who slammed the lukewarm dishes down like someone who's just finished a sambuca, and was crazy expensive. They literally failed with no competition. Any of us could do better with a breville and a whiteboard..

@HighStreetBen said...

Mind you, had a peek in the door walking past yesterday and did look a lot more shiny and modern inside, and people were working... time to eat my hat!?

Anonymous said...

A lot of activity outside and inside the place. Hopefully it is the light at the end of the tunnel and not a train coming our way.

If they open, will they keep the red greek entrance? bets are on

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