The Africa Centre seeks restaurant and bar operator for new home

Clinton Cawood

Clinton Cawood

04 November 2020

The charity is looking for someone to transform the ground floor of its new site into a pan-African restaurant.

Taking inspiration from the core role that food plays in African tradition and culture, the intention is to create a welcoming space that reflects the diversity of the continent.

Restaurateurs applying for the tender therefore not only need to have experience with this cuisine, but also have strong ties to Africa, as well as relationships with African communities in the UK. The offering itself will need to both satisfy connoisseurs of African food and drink, as well as introduce it to curious visitors.

There’s also a big focus on community support and engagement, with plans for training and work placements, including for vulnerable groups.

The new restaurant will occupy the ground floor of Gunpowder House in Southwark, a four-storey 1960s office building. This will include a street terrace, welcome space and first floor space including a bar, which will also host events. The aim is to have the new headquarters ready by October 2021.

The Africa Centre was previously located on Covent Garden’s King Street for five decades, before relocating in 2015. That previous site was host to The Calabash restaurant, the inspiration for this new venue. 

Check out the full tender document here. Applications need to be in by 20 November 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 26 November, with the successful candidate confirmed on 2 December.  

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