Texture puts 28-50 up for sale

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Other: Venues

Off-duty somms in the capital could be set to lose some of their favoured drinking dens, with news that 28-50, the wine bar/bistro brand created by chef Agnar Sverrisson and sommelier Xavier Rousset MS, has been put up for sale.

Two of the 28-50 restaurants, in Marylebone and Mayfair, are on the market, while the Fetter Lane venue has just been bought by Cliffords Restaurant Ltd, following a ‘great offer’.  The Open Table website lists it as ‘permanently closed’.

The ‘permanently closed’ Fetter Lane location

Sverrisson’s Michelin-starred restaurant Texture (also in Marylebone) is not up for sale.

With its wide-ranging wine lists, reasonable pricing and sizable by the glass range, the various 28-50 venues have been a go-to destination for wine lovers and curious sommeliers since the first one opened in 2010.

Xavier Rousset MS left 28-50 in 2015, going on to set up Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte in 2016 and Comptoir Mayfair in 2017.

The sale highlights continuing uncertainty in the restaurant sector, which has seen a string of high profile closures over the last few months from the likes of Cote, Strada, Prezzo, Jamie Oliver and Carluccio’s.

Increased rent, rates and goods costs coupled with generally weaker consumer demand are frequently blamed as reasons for the closures, though over-expansion in the last decade could well be a factor, too.

Read Imbibe’s feature on the restaurant market here

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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