Columbo Group takes on two east London sites

Blues Kitchen CamdenLondon-based bar and restaurant operator The Columbo Group is expanding after the acquisition of two sites in east London.

It has bought Bar Music Hall in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, for £1million, which has been closed and before reopening in early April as a second site for its Blues Kitchen concept created in Camden, north London, in 2009 (pictured).

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch will offer Texan barbecue food, live music seven nights a week and one of the biggest bourbon selections in London. Located in a large converted Victorian warehouse, the new venue will have a capacity of 500 including a spacious diner.

Its other acquisition is The Cat and Mutton on Broadway Market, east London, which it has taken over in partnership Tom Gibson who owns Ruby’s Cocktail Bar in Dalston.

The pub, dating back to the 17th century and more recently known for its food, is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen with a new look “and new energy” at the beginning of March.

Steve Ball, co-director of The Columbo Group, said: “The opportunity to take on these two classic east London venues was too great to pass up. They’re both superb sites with great potential and a strong local story behind them.

“We are very excited about growing The Columbo Group’s east London presence and introducing the Blues Kitchen concept to a new audience on the Bar Music Hall site.”

Founded in 2006 by Steve Ball and Riz Shaikh, The Columbo Group has an annual turnover of £18million and employs around 300 people. Its other venues include The Old Queens Head in Islington, Paradise By Way of Kensal Green, XOYO in Shoreditch, The Nest in Dalston and Love & Liquor in Kilburn.

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