Now we have more bad news for sandal-wearing lentil-lovers (and we include ourselves in that category). Beatroot, one of the few remaining budget vegetarian caffs in Soho and also one of our Top 100 Cheap Eats, is also to close down.
It’s been there for 18 years, serving up cardboard boxes of healthy fresh food to customers foregoing the flesh. But a notice posted in the window now informs patrons that it’s closing down on April 25. One of the staff told us: ‘We’re not going somewhere else. The site’s being redeveloped and turned into a hotel.’
94-104 Berwick Street is indeed being redeveloped, as Westminster Council granted permission for PMB Holdings to turn this part of Berwick Street into a hotel, homes and shop units. Class War’s Soho candidate for the General Election, Adam Clifford, takes a dim view of the redevelopment. ‘The rich are taking over. Traders on Berwick Street who have served the local community for decades are being pushed out to make way for a luxury hotel, while the market is being displaced by endless roadworks to lay a pointless brick road.’
By Guy Dimond