New owners set to take over The Crown

Image above: The Crown in 2021

New high-end restaurant chain set to take over

New owners are set to take over the site of The Crown pub in Chiswick and open a new pub.

According to a report in Propel, a hospitality industry newsletter, an upmarket pub venture backed by JKS Restaurants is planning to take on the lease. This would be the group’s third pub after The George in Fitzrovia and The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea.

The opening of The Cadogan Arms in July 2021 was funded by the group, in partnership with Dominic Jacobs and James Knappett. The George followed later the same year. James Knappett is  the culinary director. He is the chef at the two Michelin starred Kitchen Table on Charlotte Street which is owned by JKS.

JKS has a number of high-end restaurants in its portfolio, including those with Michelin stars such as the Spanish restaurant Sabor. It also owns the Chinese dumpling chain Bao and Bubbledogs, the hot dogs and champagne restaurant.

The business was set up by three siblings from North London, Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi whose initials form the name of the company.

The group’s first Michelin star was gained by Gymkhana in Mayfair and it gained a second one in this year’s guide.

The Crown stopped trading recently after an earlier unsuccessful attempt to sell it by the owners Harcourt Inns. No timeframe has been given for the redevelopment of the site.

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