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Funding deal helps Café Brera cater for growth

An Italian restaurant, café and bar group is creating a centralised London kitchen, which will drive forward plans to double the size of the business over the next three years.

Café Brera first opened its doors in Canary Wharf in 1991 as a classic Milan-style venue serving specialist coffee, pastries and signature pizza dishes. It quickly established its foothold in the area, opening three further sites within Canary Wharf and a fifth site in Fenchurch.

The group has secured a £212,000 funding package from NatWest and Lombard Asset Finance to fit-out a central kitchen in Wandsworth.

Around 80% of Café Brera’s authentic Italian dishes will be prepared in the new kitchen using seasonal ingredients and delivered to each of the five venues on the same day. The main kitchen will ensure that consistently high standards of food are served across all Café Brera venues, as well as reducing costs by cutting down on food wastage.

The kitchen will be fully operational by July and from launching will create ten additional jobs, adding to the 90-strong team of staff already employed both front and back of house by the business.

In 2017, Daniil Khodurskiy, backed by private equity investors, acquired the five sites with the aim of doubling the number of venues in strategic locations throughout London by 2022.

Daniil said: “Café Brera is a well-established business situated at the heart of the Canary Wharf and Fenchurch communities. We now want to build on this popularity by expanding in London and bringing our authentic Italian offering to a wider customer base. We have always had ambitious growth plans and with the funding from NatWest and Lombard Asset Finance, we will be able to create our centralised kitchen which will be the foundation for our future growth.”

Rahul Modasia, NatWest Business Growth Enabler and Jonathan Fordham, NatWest Relationship Manager have supported Café Brera on the deal.

Rahul said: “Daniil and the team at Café Brera were searching for support and funding to facilitate significant growth over the coming months, which is where we were able to offer our expertise. The asset finance and business banking we have provided will put them on the right track to meet their growth strategy over the coming years.”

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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