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Three new restaurant firms have signed to open at the £2.3bn Elephant Park development in South London.
Jane Imrie

£2.3bn Elephant Park development welcomes a world of flavour with three new eateries

Three new restaurant firms have signed to open at the £2.3bn Elephant Park development in South London.

The regeneration project, delivered by Lendlease and Southwark Council, will welcome three new eateries on Sayer Street in the heart of the capital.

Traditional Ethiopian restaurant Beza is launching a 100 per cent vegan eatery, alongside Caribbean restaurant Tasty Jerk and Pan Asian specialist Pot & Rice.

Beza and Tasty Jerk were previously tenants at Artworks Elephant, Lendlease’s pop-up retail park at Elephant Park, which aimed to provide community-led space for startups and small businesses in the area.

Beza Ethio, founder of Beza, commented: “The opportunity to open a restaurant at Elephant Park is one we could not miss. We worked very closely with Lendlease throughout our time at Artworks Elephant, and were able to develop our brand enough to be confident in opening a permanent space.

“East African food is not properly represented in the UK, but we know our delicious range of Ethiopian dishes – which are completely vegan – will be a hit in this part of Southwark, given our hugely successful time in Artworks.”

Commenting on the move, Chris Liang, restaurant manager at Pot & Rice, added: “Elephant Park is a great location for our Rice Pot concept, and we are delighted to sit alongside such an interesting and diverse array of restaurants and retailers.

“The development looks very impressive already, and joining at this early stage will allow us to establish our brand with local residents and workers.”

Guy Thomas, head of retail at Lendlease, added: “These three brands – two of whom were part of our Artworks Elephant incubator pop-up and all are locally based – will be great additions to Elephant Park.

“They are also an ideal complement to our plans for the next phase of Elephant Park, where independent operators will sit alongside well-known London brands.”

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