Albion & East, the Imbiba backed restaurant and bar group behind Martello Hall in Hackney and Canova Hall in Brixton, have announced plans for a casual Italian café and bar, Cattivo, due to open this Autumn in Brixton, South West London
Opening October 2018, on the site that was previously Cabana on Ferndale Road, Cattivo will be the groups, second opening in Brixton and will precede the launch of Serata Hall, which will open at The Bower, Old Street in early 2019. Located adjacent to sister site Canova Hall, Cattivo will comprise of a laid-back Italian style café at street level, with a decadent subterranean cocktail bar below.
Cattivo will be the first concept of its type from the Albion & East team, offering a departure from the popular voluminous all day dining model occupied by Martello, Canova and Serata Halls.
Expanding upon the group’s Italian-American culinary influence, Cattivo will provide a strong focus on Southern Italian small plates with home-cooked ragu, meatballs and filled pasta taking centre stage. Drinks programming will see Albion & East further develop the onsite gin distillery themes from sister venues by introducing speciality gin blending and cocktail masterclasses, as well as entertainment every night. With a late licence on Fridays and Saturdays, Cattivo will cater to a variety of private dining and events.
What to expect
The concept will embody an eclectic mix of nightly changing shows and activities, with an emphasis on experiential event led activity. These include a ‘dinner and a show’ package featuring cabaret, jazz, circus performers and magic, complementing a showtime brunch available weekends. The Liquor Club will invite guests to bring their own liquor and have the drinks experts mix and create different cocktails across a 2-hour sitting.
Albion & East Managing Director, Sarah Weir, says “We’re super excited to introduce Cattivo to the vibrant Brixton neighbourhood. It complements our sister bar Canova Hall but offers something different and continues to add to the energetic Brixton nightlife and restaurant scene.”
About Albion and East
Albion & East received its first investment from the Imbiba Leisure EIS fund in 2014. The team focus on developing contemporary bars and restaurants with an emphasis on areas in London in which Millennials work and live. Typically the geography is in East and South East London.
The group focuses on a strong drinks range including craft beer, tap wine (largest selection outside the US) and inhouse gin distilleries. The food focuses on simple but tasty items and often embodying an American / Italian theme.
The first site, Martello Hall in London Fields, opened in December 2016 and its second site, Canova Hall, opened successfully in Brixton in the second half of 2017. The London Fields site is in an emerging area and the Directors believe it will take 2 years to hit maturity and acquisition case. In early 2019 Serata Hall, will open at The Bower, Old Street
Albion & East was shortlisted in the 2017 Bar Restaurant Design Awards for Best Pub Design for Martello Hall.