Greenwich restaurant change to pan-Asian brand proposed

Another branch of Cafe Rouge in Greenwich is set to be become a Bananatree restaurant under new plans.

Bananatree serve dishes based upon food from a number of Asian countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

This is the second proposal by The Big Table Group to alter one of their sites in the town. Back in March they applied to change a Café Rouge to a Bananatree at Greenwich peninsula. Both are owned by the same company.

Previous application to change on the peninsula

The Big Table Group purchased Bananatree last year. They also own the Las Iguanas and Bella Italia brands.

The Bananatree on Stockwell Street will be in Greenwich town centre below an Ibis hotel. A little fact about this site is that it was originally home to Greenwich Park station on a long-since closed railway line from Nunhead.

More information can be seen on that line’s history on the Running Past site here. From Google Satellite view we can still make out the running line heading to the former station.

Former railway route

Part of that line remains in use linking Nunhead with Lewisham, though the rest of the line and station buildings were removed decades ago.


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    2 thoughts on “Greenwich restaurant change to pan-Asian brand proposed

    • One chain gives way to another. Would like to see more independent places but I guess with the rising rents there’s only room for the big names.

      Interesting info on the old Nunhead railway connection. Thanks

    • Good idea, that is, if it has to be a chain again at all, but just in a different format. Better still if became an independent as Levi suggests, with an innovative young chef, but that’s too advanced for RBG, after all, we’re plebs south of the river?? No reason why rents cannot be staggered to give a start up a chance, increasing in line with successful trading gradually.


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