Chef Mark Hix gives up on London restaurant scene

Chef Mark Hix
31/07/2018 - 07:00
Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix – of the London-based Hix chain – has spoken out about rising rent and business rates, ruling out ‘any more restaurants in London.’

Speaking to other media, Hix – who currently operates five venues across the capital and two more in Dorset – said: “There’s an awful lot of choice (of restaurants in London.)

“In Soho, I counted 30 street food stalls in Berwick Street. They don’t have to go through the vigorous health and safety procedures we do, they just set up and open.

“Soho landlords have almost doubled our rent and business rates. It’s becoming more and more difficult to operate and turn a profit.

“Restaurants are just going to move out. You always challenge [the rents] but it is what it is.

“You get the rent down a little bit but you still end up paying a hell of a lot. If it’s £200,000 extra rent on business rates, it means you have to earn an extra million quid, which is impossible.

“I am not going to personally do any more restaurants in London. Open the papers and somewhere like Terence Conran has gone tits up, and Jamie Oliver’s closing restaurants.

“A lot of people are closing rather than opening. Now is a time for everyone to knuckle down and think about stuff.”

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