Soho House Group, in partnership with Soho Estates, is to relaunch Kettner’s at the start of 2018, after confirming it had taken over the site from the Gondola Group.

M&C revealed in December that the group had finally agreed to acquire the site, which was run as a flagship for PizzaExpress until 2008, after three years of discussions.

Soho Estates and Soho House have submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council for the refurbishment and restoration of Kettner’s Townhouse, which will include a public restaurant, champagne bar and 28 new bedrooms.

A decision on the plans is expected this summer.

This will be the third local Soho venture between Soho Estates and Soho House in the past few years. Together, they are currently operating Dean Street Townhouse at 69-71 Dean Street and are due to open the fully restored Soho House Dean Street in June.

Kettner’s was opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III, and became popular with many colourful characters of the time.

The new project proposes sensitive restoration of the site, which include Kettner’s, Soho House Greek Street, Cafe Boheme and SKB. The site is made up of 15 former townhouses, of which 11 are listed and two are unlisted Buildings of Merit.

The two companies stated that there is a real need to revitalise these buildings, modernise the rooms and update the internal layout to bring it back into public use.

Under the plans Kettner’s will move out in January next year, with work commencing at the same time on the new scheme.

The new townhouse is scheduled to open at the start of 2018.