Christopher’s American Bar & Grill in Covent Garden has been sold to Ambar Paul, the son of Lord Paul and a director of the engineering company Caparo Group, for an undisclosed sum. Christopher Gilmour launched the restaurant and bar situated in a Grade II-listed building on Wellington Street in 1991 and the site is modelled after the Chicago Palm Restaurant in Illinois. This is the first restaurant purchase for Paul Jnr, however he owns or runs four hotels under the umbrella of his father’s Caparo Group, including The Osbourne Hotel in Torquay and The White Hart Hotel in Lincoln. It is understood that he will continue to operate Christopher’s in its current format while considering alternative investment and roll-out opportunities for the site and brand. Coffer Corporate Leisure handled the disposal of the site on behalf of André Hoffmann, of the Roche pharmaceuticals family. He bought the restaurant from its founder four years ago, although Gilmour remained as chairman until about 18 months ago. Paul said: “I am delighted to have acquired this iconic brand and restaurant in Covent Garden. "With the significant investment I plan to undertake, I am confident that this fantastic site will continue to offer a quality dining experience for both existing and future patrons.”