Kilogram has helped Sausage & Mash Cafe turn a boarded-up ‘greasy spoon’ in London’s Islington into the chain’s second outlet, restoring much of its late 1940s decor.
The 50-seat cafÃ©, which opened this week, covers two floors and 160m2. The group is also working on a further three London restaurants for the company. Brushfield Street and New Oxford Street open next month and Acton is scheduled to launch in March.
The Islington venue is in a Grade II listed building with an 18th century facia and steel-and-Formica decor dating from 1947. Closed since February 2000, the property was previously known as Alfredo’s and run by the DeRitis family for 80 years.
Kilogram’s design scheme has retained all the interior’s original features. Trims, floor finishes and existing furniture have been retouched with fresh supplies of linoleum and Formica, while the kitchen and service areas have been stripped and refitted to meet current standards of comfort and hygiene.
S&M Cafe owner and founder Kevin Finch says he is in talks about two further venues in the capital.