Millennium venue fêtes century

London design group G&G has designed the identity and interiors for a new Italian restaurant in Covent Garden called Duemila, which means 2000 in Italian.

The 604sqm venue, which officially opens on 22 July, is designed to be “a celebration of the 20th century”, says G&G director Mehrdad Goudarzi.

“This is reflected in features such as the glass waterfall and the earthy open fireplace, reminiscent of the prehistoric era, juxtaposed alongside the textured, metalised drinks bar, suggesting the industrial age,” he adds.

Mark Fuller and Jimmy Lahoud, owners of London’s Little Havana venues, are opening a 1000-seater restaurant in the heart of London’s West End later this year. Work started on the venue, called Sugar Reef, this week and reports suggest it will cost £2.5m.

At 1300sqm, the Great Windmill Street venue is set to be the city’s biggest restaurant.

Neither founder was available for comment on its design.

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