Closed Unthank Road restaurant taken over by owners of Norwich’s Last Wine Bar

The vacant Unthank Road restaurant formerly known as 103 is set to be brought back to life by two Norwich restaurateurs.

The previously successful brasserie closed down unexpectedly last December, just under two years after being opened by award-winning chefs Brendan Ansbro and Sam Hanison.

But refurbishment work is currently being carried out at the Golden Triangle property after being taken over by the owners of The Last Wine Bar and Restaurant in St George's Street.

Business partners James Sawrey-Cookson, and Ecky Limon are the new men at the helm of what will now be known as The Last Brasserie.

It is expected to open early next month, with Mr Sawrey-Cookson overseeing the front-of-house team.


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He said: 'For some time we have wanted to open a brasserie in the Golden Triangle. We believe that there is a strong demand for an informal but quality eatery in the area.

'When 103 became available, it seemed the ideal location for a new venture.'

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The Last Brasserie will be open from 8am until late, offering breakfast, coffee and cakes, lunch and dinner.

Chef Lewis Peck, currently sous-chef at the Last Wine Bar, will take charge in the new kitchen and the refurbishment work will see a larger bar area brought to the restaurant.

The new owners also plan to offer 'a short, constantly-changing and esoteric' wine list, from the knowledge of wine they have built through The Last Wine Bar, which opened in 1990.

Mr Sawrey-Cookson added: 'Unthank Road has a cosmopolitan feel, and there has always been a demand for good food and wine. The fact that Adnams has just opened its new wine shop in Unthank Road is a good indication of this.

'Ecky grew up in the Golden Triangle, and I still live there, so it is very pleasing to be opening our long-awaited new venture in the area.'

Are you opening a new restaurant in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email him at david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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