New La Lanterna open within weeks

Work has begun on the conversion of La Lanterna from small, not-very-good restaurant into something bigger and - hopefully - better.

With the East London Line's arrival only days away, La Lanterna's owners are aiming to capitalise on the opportunity. We spoke briefly with the builders today, who confirmed the plan was to be ready within a few weeks.

The new restaurant will be an important first step in transforming the fortunes of that stretch of Brockley Road, which is also subject to a planning application to rennovate two shop fronts a few doors down.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

This must be a good opportunity for Lewisham Council to grant applications, and not reject them over something petty.

Anonymous said...

what are the other two ideas please?

Glad to hear LL is reopening - we had missed their grilled sole!

Anonymous said...

hopr they have a better chef

Ben said...

Given the state of it yesterday it looks set to be a complete change from the old place. It's been completely gutted.

Anonymous said...

It will be turned into an Hotel

Anonymous said...

didnt BC say it was gonna be a BnB?

Anonymous said...

I never thought the old restarant was bad at all. A solid mum and pop place that served decent family italian cooking.
Still it will be good to have another little oasis of culinary civilisation in this desert of kebab and fried chicken.

Anonymous said...

hope the resturant frontage is going to be half decent. That parade of shops is really let down by bad design.

Anonymous said...

I visited Crouch End this week end. Budgens, Tesco and Waitrose are all there along with private bakeries, fish mongers, delicatessen and restaurants.

The street was buzzing with people, and business appeared good for everybody.

I wish we had a supermarket on Brockley Road/Brockley Cross. Cost Cutter is really insufficient and a new supermarket may be the catalyst needed for turning the shopping area around.

Bea said...

Really pleased to see that a new restaurant and hotel will be opening of that sorry stretch of Brockley road! I wish them all the best of luck and expect to be booking rooms for visiting family and friends in the not too distant future.

Also, really, really pleased to see that the Council has ensured that the development is Conservation Area compliant.

Anonymous said...

I've missed La Lanterna since it closed. OK, it wasn't as good as Le Querce but it served decent food and is only 5mins walk away. Looking forward to its opening

Its a shame said...

"Also, really, really pleased to see that the Council has ensured that the development is Conservation Area compliant."

Ah but is it? Noticed that a greek temple like edifice is being erected that I don't remember seeing on any of the plans.

Not to worry, I'm sure our Lewisham council town centre manager will have it all in hand...Doh!

Anonymous said...

Did we really miss a Greek Temple in Lewisham?

To the owners of La Lanterna, please spare us!!

Brockley Nick said...

Once it's painted, I'm sure it will look fine. Pointy roofs are hardly unique to Greek architecture.

Bea said...

I think it's meant to be classical Roman (Italian restaurant etc). Can't make up my mind whether it's naff or not! There's plenty of columns, pillars and mock classical architecture a la Victoriana around the conservation area - so in that sense it's in keeping. Guess it'll all depend on what colours they choose!

Bea said...

OK - I take back what I said! The weird criss cross thing that went up yesterday and spans the top of the frontage is really out of keeping.

The Cat Man said...

criss cross? explain pls!

Bea said...

A balustrade across the top of the flat roof (where the Chef used to proudly uphold his spoon) in the shape of a series of Xs i.e. XXXXXX.

Looks rather flimsy and tacked on as an afterthought. It’s also higher than the other shops roof line so kinda sticks out weirdly.

The Cat Man said...

Maybe it's where the name is going to be? Headhunter needs to complain to the council about it!

Bea said...

Dont' think that's where the name will go - doesn't look sturdy enough. And even so it'll be lots higher up than any of its neighbours.

Only hope the planning inspector spots it when he gives it the place a final sign off.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that the owner Biagio has ran out of money and has NOT been paying people on site that is why the job has stalled.

I thought something was going wrong when the young fellow Roy that was running the job for Biagio suddenly vanished, Must have been knocked too???

Now it seems that there are squatters living in La Lanterna! Not a good image for him and his new hotel!

Ed said...

Perhaps if the focus was on the food and not on a facade that wouldn't look out of place in Las Vegas things might have been different.

pip said...

It's a shame if that's true. When I moved to Brockley La Lanterna was the only place where you could take visitors for a semi-decent sit down meal in a semi-decent ambience. It sounds like I'm damning with faint praise but it was the best Brockley had to offer! The Thai on Foxberry Road was there too and had better food but is a bit cafeteria like.

It does seem to be "two steps forward, one (or two) steps back" with Brockley at the moment, but I guess that's down to the economy.

drakefell debaser said...

It is a shame he didn't get round to at least painting the facade before running out of cash.

By the end of winter that shop front will look as aesthetically pleasing as a soggy cardboard box.

Ed said...

@dd, it might be an improvement. Does the council not have powers to force owners to keep shopfronts presentable and compliant with the rules and regs?

drakefell debaser said...

Not sure, you would hope so. It is also in the owners interest to paint it, just to protect the wood.

Anonymous said...

Well protect the MDF. If it's got good and damp over the last few months I'm not sure you can really paint it? Needs to dry out.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't worry about painting the shop front! I'd worry about the squatters living there and the huge rats keep running in and out of the yard!

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Anonymous said...

unfortunately I can see this place turning into some kind of drug fuelled brothel!

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