New Hampstead restaurant to open with ‘split’ layout and filtered air to reassure customers amid Covid-19

Kojo owners Alina and Ryan Jones want to make vegan food more accessible. Picture: Kojo

Kojo owners Alina and Ryan Jones want to make vegan food more accessible. Picture: Kojo - Credit: Archant

After the second lockdown delayed its opening, Hampstead’s new vegan restaurant Kojo is looking forward to opening its doors for the first time on December 7 – and its aiming to make sure diners feel it’s as pandemic-friendly as possible.

Kojo is promoting a plant-based lifestyle and its menu does not include processed vegan “meats”, instead on focusing on a “natural” dishes.

Situated on the site of the old Carluccio’s on Rosslyn Hill, the new restaurant’s owners will be making a point of ensuring there is as little opportunity as possible for virus transmission.

Krystal Sanchez, who is managing marketing, told the Ham&High the restaurant is entirely contactless, with customers seating themselves and ordering everything on an app.

The restaurant will also be split in two – the right side dedicated to dine in customers, the left only for the grab-and-go crowd.


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Krystal said: “We have thought of a lot of things others haven’t. We are fully prepared and excited to see how it unfolds. We have a brand new system for ventilation that’s the first of its kind in the UK. It gives the purest and cleanest air.”

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