Wahaca Plots Mexican Invasion of Canada Square

Award-winning restaurant Wahaca has announced plans for a new restaurant in Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf Group and the restaurant’s owners have now agreed terms on a 4,767 sq. ft. unit offering 150 covers in the under-construction Canada Square Park Pavilion. The restaurant will open in autumn 2009. The brainchild of Mark Selby and Executive chef Thomasina Miers, Wahaca brings the spirit and diversity of Mexican street food to London. Mexican classics and unusual dishes bursting with colour and flavour will be amongst a seasonally evolving menu.

Everything is ethically sourced at Wahaca; the meat is all British along with free-range chicken, organic pork and fish being sourced only from suppliers with the highest sustainable accreditation from the Marine Stewardship Council. The Canary Wharf restaurant will be the third Wahaca, following successful openings in White City and Covent Garden. Mark Selby from Wahaca said:

“There has been a huge demand over the last few years from customers coming into our two existing restaurants begging for us to open in Canary Wharf. We have now found the perfect site above ground and with a wonderful view over Canada Square Park.

“Wahaca Canary Wharf is the perfect destination for a quick lunch or a more lingering post work dinner to catch up with friends. We also have a new terrace cocktail bar looking out over the gardens with the average cocktail priced at £5.50 making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day without breaking the bank.”

Wahaca is the latest amongst an impressive string of recent restaurant and food outlet signings at Canary Wharf, including Jamie’s Italian, Canteen, Roka, Baguette and Rocket, all of which open in the second half of 2009. Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at Canary Wharf Group was delighted with the signing: “It is a vote of confidence in Canary Wharf that we are able to attract some of the most sought-after restaurant brands in London. “Wahaca is a great brand that we have been following since they opened their first unit. It is a new offer at Canary Wharf and is a perfect match for our office population and families on the weekend. If you haven’t tried Mexican food before, this is the one to try.”

For further information, please contact:

Anna Dickinson or Chloe Green at Sauce Communications (on behalf of Wahaca)
anna@saucecommunications.com or phone 0208 600 3600

About Canada Square Pavilion

Images of the Canada Square Pavilion are available on request.

Canada Square Pavilion is being constructed and let by Canary Wharf Group plc. It is designed by the architect of One Canada Square, Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

Upon completion the pavilion will accommodate four restaurants, including Wahaca, Canteen and Roka, and a Lloyds TSB retail bank. The building is a glass pavilion, two stories in height, with a third level terrace offering indoor and outdoor dining facilities with wonderful views of Canada Square Park. Between One Canada Square and the new Pavilion is a sky lit galleria, providing a new internal pedestrian street. There is also a new sky lit arcade providing direct access between One Canada Square, the amenities within the Pavilion and Canada Square Park.

Canada Square is one of the world’s most prestigious business addresses, hosting headquarters for HSBC, KPMG, Citi, McGraw-Hill and Bank of America, amongst others. One Canada Square is the tallest building in Britain.

The Canada Square Pavilion overlooks Canada Square Park, which is the outdoor events hub of Canary Wharf. Summer events include Motorexpo, live sports events and opera on the big screen and concerts by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Canada Square hosts an ice rink during the winter.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.

Canary Wharf is home to many of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services, media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, including many of Britain’s leading brands.

The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

As at 31 December 2008 the vacancy rate for Canary Wharf owned office space was 0.3%. The average unexpired lease length was 18 years.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2008, CWG signed agreements to commence work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and to continue work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings open new buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010, bringing thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.