Erpingham House, the vegan restaurant concept fronted by influencer Loui Blake, has taken the former Canna Kitchen site in Brighton for its second site.

The four-floor site, on 14 Duke Street, will feature a ground floor café with coffee, smoothies and pastries, a basement vanity area, a first-floor restaurant, cocktail bar and roof terrace, with the recently fitted kitchen on the second floor.

The company was able to go ahead with the site despite failing to raise its £250,000 target in a recent Crowdcube campaign, thanks to private investment from its backers, who include MK Dons footballer Russell Martin and Brighton & Hove Albion player and coach Andrew Crofts. 

The previous tenant Canna Kitchen was billed as the UK’s first CBD café, but closed after less than a year, after police raided it as part of an investigation into “money laundering and the supply of class B drugs” in Brighton. The owner, Sammy Ben Rabah, has since been charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Erpingham House is the latest plant-based restaurant to confirm a Brighton location, with The Vurger Co to launch in 13 Brighton Place, part of the new Hanningtons Lane development.

Both restaurants are set to launch in March.