The Elysium Group expands with new sites in Essex and London


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Essex-based The Elysium Group is expanding with two new venues set to open this month in Colchester and London.

It is launching New York City-inspired Hudson House in a four-storey site in Head Street, Colchester on November 6 after an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment.

It will house Hudson New York Bar & Kitchen (pictured), private members club XV Lounge and a restaurant called Steak Etc.

The Elysium Group is also preparing to launch restaurant Zinnia in Fulham Road in Chelsea, London this month, in the site of former bar and restaurant Eighty-Six.

It is also set to start work on its first hotel development early next year.

Founded in 2000 by Ash Afzalnia, Elysium operates other restaurants, bars and nightclubs including Waikiki, Qube, Mimosa and Dirty Penguin in Colchester.

Hudson House, which is the group’s sixth opening, is inspired by the dining and drinking culture of downtown Manhattan.

Hudson New York Bar & Kitchen will deliver casual American cuisine from breakfast to lunch and dinner as well as a “cool and sophisticated social environment” during the evenings with signature cocktails and dining menus.

Hudson will be open seven days a week and also houses a basement club that comes alive every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, again inspired by the vibrant and eclectic nightlife scene of New York City.

Located on the first floor, XV Lounge is an exclusive member’s lounge which is designed as “a truly unique experience” with “all that you would expect in terms of luxury and service”. It is open for membership now.

Steak Etc housed on the top floor of Hudson House shows off the heritage of the building with exposed brickworks, oak beams and strip wood flooring. The menu features steaks dry aged in-house and signature lobster and ribs.

The development, which began when The Elysium Group took over the dilapidated site last year, is creating 60 new full- and part-time jobs.

All profits from the launch party will be donated to Barnado’s and Cancer Research UK.

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