- Modern-Indian restaurant group secures funding ahead of a new London site
Kricket, the collection of modern-Indian restaurants, is due to launch a 4th London site – in Canary Wharf – in spring 2024, having secured a third round of funding from the White Rabbit Projects (WRP) alongside additional funds from the founders.
Co-founders Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby founded Kricket in 2015 as a pop-up in a shipping container at Pop Brixton, the pair then opened their first permanent site in Soho in 2016 after receiving an initial injection of funding from WRP. This was quickly followed by the relocation of the Brixton pop-up to its current home on Atlantic Road (2017) and the launch of a new site in West London’s regenerated BBC Television Centre in White City (2018).
During the coronavirus pandemic, the group introduced the brand’s first delivery-only concept (2021) which continues to deliver over 2,000 orders a week via an exclusive partnership with Deliveroo. Even more recently, in September 2021, they launched their debut cocktail bar, SOMA, next door to Kricket Soho. Designed as a modern and minimalistic take on the basement speakeasy, a reimagined SOMA “Part 2” will also launch adjacent to the new Canary Wharf site.
Employing over 120 people across the group, the restaurants and delivery business generated sales of £7.3m in 2022. As of 30 September 2023, like for like sales are up 17% on the prior year.
Opening in Canary Wharf, Frobisher Passage in spring 2024, the new Kricket restaurant will have 85 covers and be open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The adjoining SOMA will mirror the minimalist award-winning concept of the cocktail bar in Soho, with room for up to 50 guests and a license to open late.
Further information regarding the launch to be announced in early 2024
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Tom Rogers / Connie Burlton