Louie Restaurant to open in Covent Garden

A French restaurant named after Louis the 14th and Louis Armstrong is set to open in Covent Garden later this year. Peter Gray reports.

London may be choc a bloc full of top notch eateries but there’s always space for more as the forthcoming opening of French Restaurant Louie attests. The venue will see acclaimed French restaurateur Laurent de Gourcuff make his London bow, after wowing at Parisian venues such as Perruche and Girafe.

Louie, which takes its name from both the Sun King Louis the 14th and Louis Armstrong, will take over the old L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon site in Covent Garden with the four-storey building being transformed into a 150-cover French-Creole restaurant complete with wood burning oven, oyster bar and live DJs.

The new venue will boast a 75-seat dining room serving a selection of French-Creole food under the of American chef Slade Rushing. The next door bar will seat 80 and feature a mixture of live music and DJs.

Frenchman De Gourcuff has achieved massive success in Paris where his restaurants are some of the hottest tickets in town. Now, together with his business partner Guillaume Glipa, the man who oversaw the success of celebrity haunt Chiltern Firehouse, De Gourcuff is eager to translate his success back home into success on the other side of the channel.  

“There is always competition but it’s the best thing that can happen to you because it makes you step up your game and it brings more people to the neighbourhood.” He said to the Evening Standard of his new venture. “We are very happy to open our first establishment in London, to export our vision of catering and our own expertise”.

Louie will open in September 2020 at 13-15 West St, London WC2H 9NE. More information about the restaurant can be found here.

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What: new restaurant
When: Sept 2020
Where: Covent Garden
Website: Louie Restaurant