The River Café, one of London's most celebrated restaurants, re-opened its doors on 6 October 2008 after a £2 million redesign. Following a fire in April 2008, co-owners Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray commissioned Stuart Forbes Associates to re-design the space with a new open kitchen, private dining room and cocktail bar.
Significant additions also include a kitchen table within the working kitchen zone and a glass enclosed cheese room based on a classic Italian design. The kitchen is open to public view, enabling diners to observe the chefs in action.
Another notable addition is a new wood burning oven dominating the dining room and kitchen. Manufactured by the Italian firm of Valoriani, this type of oven, made in Reggello in the hills of Tuscany 25km southeast of Florence, is key to the preparation of the The River Café's many dishes.