Serial sector entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab is to launch an American soul food restaurant and bar concept in Islington’s Angel Building, MCA understands.
The founder of the Cinnamon Club and Roast is in the process of raising £1.2m to launch Atticus and is believed to be open to rolling the concept out if the debut site proves a success.
He plans to use the money to transform the 4,000 sq ft unit currently occupied by the Bibigo Korean restaurant.
The concept – which takes its name from the To Kill a Mockingbird character – is described as a “tribute to classical American cooking and ingredients” with an emphasis on dishes from the south, smoked meats and soul food dishes alongside a signature cocktail bar. The plan is to have a gospel choir performing on Sundays.
Wahhab is working with Wyatt Shevloff, previously head of food for BrewDog and executive chef for the Columbo Group, to develop the food offer. The breakfast offer will feature dishes such as eggs in purgatory; old fashioned shrimp and grits; Bayou scramble and dixie cup (apple soaked pecan granola with yoghurt, fruit and honey). There will be a lunchtime sandwich offer, including deep fried oysters in a baguette, while main courses will include blackened catfish; gumbo; short ribs and fried chicken and waffles.
Projected average spends are £10 for breakfast, £25 for lunch and £35 for dinner.
Wahhab is understood to have invested £120,000 in the business and seeking the rest of the funding through the Enterprise Investment Scheme.