A GREENWICH restaurant with a history that stretches back to the 1960s has closed today.
Bar du Musee in Nelson Road started life as a small wine bar and was the first venue in the town centre to come under the ownership of Greenwich Inc.
The bar grew in size to include a cafe area, large restaurant area and also a covered garden space.
The large venue in a prime town centre location has apparently caught the attention of Jamie Oliver and a long-rumoured move by his Jamie's Italian chain was confirmed in the latest edition of landlord Greenwich Hospital's own magazine.
"A new arrival, timed for early next year," writes Greenwich Hospital's Property Manager Gillie Bexson, "is Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian on the Bar du Musee site. This relaxed and affordable dining... will be popular with locals and visitors alike."
Greenwich Inc owner Frank Dowling recently spoke to Greenwich.co.uk and said his future plans included investing heavily in the Trafalgar Tavern to deliver 15 hotel rooms and renovating the entire building, building a new hotel at the site of Trident Hall and developing a music theme at the Admiral Hardy. In addition Inc Bar will be re-launched as a "classy cocktail bar."
Greenwich.co.uk also understands the Bar du Musee name may be revived at another Greenwich venue in the future.
Another Nelson Road has also closed. Italian restaurant La Cucina di Soteri, at the corner of Nelson Road and King William Walk suddenly closed for business just days afte Bar du Musee.
The owner told Greenwich.co.uk that the premises had been sold back to the landlord, Greenwich Hospital.