Yesterday came word that Singapore businessman Loh Lik Peng had bought Fergus Henderson's Michelin-starred St. John Hotel in London's Leicester Square, but details were still a little murky as to what would become of the restaurant. Now, a spokesman for Loh Lik Peng's Unlisted Collection confirms to Eater that Henderson and his business partner Trevor Gulliver are no longer involved after less than two years in London's West End ended in financial insolvency. Furthermore, he says, "The restaurant will change. It will no longer be St. John's restaurant."
That said, the group has yet to finalize its plans on what the new concept will be, though it says in a statement that it "looks forward to continuing the brilliant work by chef Ferguson Henderson and business partner Trevor Gulliver." In the meantime, Tom Harris will remain as head chef at the restaurant, which the spokesman explains is "still operating as St. John's because obviously there were bookings that were in place. And then toward the end of the first quarter, we're looking at the relaunch of the hotel and the restaurant."
The Unlisted Group operates six boutique hotels and six restaurants in London, Shanghai and Singapore, including London's Michelin-starred Viajante and Shanghai's Table No 1 by Jason Atherton. Its statement also explains that the group's "hotels are set within sensitively restored heritage listed buildings that are re-adapted into radical, cutting edge lifestyle concepts that culminate into an unforgettable experience for our guests. Henderson's vision mirrored ours; and the new addition to the collection is welcomed."