When Soho House Group opened up shop on Highgate Road back in 2012, they chose NW5 to launch two totally new restaurant concepts.
Since then, more crazily successful Dirty Burger and Chicken Shop joints have cropped up in other cool London locations, as well as the bigger Pizza East outposts here, and in Shoreditch and Portobello too.
And now it’s been confirmed that the ambitious, increasingly global group is to take over Caffe Kix, the canteen-style outlet tucked next to the reception of office complex Highgate Studios, just behind their existing local trio of hot culinary destinations.
The concept and name are not yet known, and work to suitably rough up and luxe-out the current bland counter and seating areas has yet to begin, but you can certainly see the potential with all those original industrial window frames and conspiratorial little corners.
Whether this is the beginning of a Soho House Group move into workplace cafes is also unknown, but the incumbent Caffe Kix operate a few dozen such outlets, so K-Town could conceivably be used as test location once again.
A simple sign advertises that Pizza East are doing takeaway breakfast until mid-November, leading us to conclude that the new café will open after that.
Meanwhile the persistent, if unsubstantiated rumour that the group plan to open a ‘Highgate House’ members’ club on the site, complete with rooftop pool, seems to have been well-and-truly reignited by the new café development.
We know how much Kentishtowners love that particular nugget of idle high street gossip, even if there’s no truth in it. But first, look out for that café…