Artesian prepares for ‘next phase’ after departure of bar team


Simone Caporale Alex Kratena Artesian

The bosses of London’s Langham hotel are looking forward to “the next phase” of success for their Artesian bar after the departure of its team led by Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale.

The duo (pictured), who have helped to make Artesian one of the world’s best bars, announced they were quitting yesterday for new projects, along with most of the team they work with.

Duncan Palmer, managing director of The Langham, said: “We thank them for their contribution in firmly establishing Artesian and The Langham, London as one of the most iconic and innovative destinations internationally, especially further to attaining the World’s Best Bar award by Drinks International for the fourth consecutive year.

“They have trained a vibrant and passionate team who will continue their success and who have become the future stars of the bar and restaurant industry under their tutelage.

“They have established a great legacy, and we look forward to the next phase of Artesian’s success and to making a further exciting announcement related to the social element at The Langham, London in due course.”

Alex and Simone announced they were leaving to pursue new ventures yet to be announced, although they plan to reunite in 2017 on a number of projects.

Alex, who joined when the bar opened in 2007, said: “It’s been an incredible pleasure and privilege to lead Artesian for the past eight years and I will always be grateful to The Langham for its continued support and creative freedom we received. Even though we will miss our team, Simone and I are ready to pursue new challenges.”

Simone, who joined Artesian five years ago, added: “Thank you to our amazing team and everyone who supported us. It’s been a fantastic time.”

Their decision led many of the Artesian “family” to leave including Roman Foltán, Rudi Carraro, Balazs Molnar, Pierre Long, Leo Colson, Carla Davina Soares, Petra Ferencova, Jamie Rhind and Eva Kovacikova. Those remaining include the hotel’s bar manager, Silviu Stan.

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