|Owner(s)||Casual Dining Group|
|Street address||1 King's Cross Road|
|Postal/ZIP Code||WC1X 9HX|
There were four Belgo restaurants: Belgo Centraal (Covent Garden), Belgo Holborn, Belgo Kings Cross and Belgo Nottingham; following closures announced in July 2020, only Belgo Kings Cross remains in business.
Belgo was founded in 1992 by French-Canadian Denis Blais and Anglo-Belgian Andre Plisnier. For a time the brand was expanded to a chain of bar-diners known as Bierodrome in Clapham, Kingsway, and Islington, and at Belgo Zuid in Ladbroke Grove – all now closed) but it later reverted to the Belgo format.
Belgo was bought in 1998 by ex-fund manager, newspaper columnist and ex-Chairman of Channel 4 Luke Johnson—known for his financial stewardship, with colleague Hugh Osmond, of the Pizza Express chain of pizza restaurants in the 1990s. However, attempts to extend the Belgo franchise organically beyond London in the late 1990s were not successful: the franchise in Jersey lasted barely 12 months before closing in 2000. The Belgo flotation was used as a vehicle to acquire a number of celebrated chic London restaurants, such as The Ivy, The Caprice, Daphne's The Collection and J. Sheekey, creating the 'Signature Restaurants' division, and a business with a market capital that peaked at more than £90,000,000.
In 2013, Belgo was an official partner of Comic Relief, the British charity founded in 1985 that aims to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people".
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