Six new shops and restaurants are opening their doors in Brixton Village this autumn.
A thriving destination for shopping, eating and cultural events, the Village is also partnering with the Black Cultural Archives to deliver food from the markets’ restaurants directly to visitors of the heritage centre through Tablesnappr. Archive visitors can scan a QR code and order food from: Black Bear Burger, Fish Wings & Tings, The Joint, Cheese & Fizz, Jalisco, Okan, and Senzala.
Rudie’s Jerk Shack’s new Brixton Village outpost will mark its third site, run by husband and wife team Matin and Michelle Miah, who bring their unique and authentic take on Jamaican cuisine to Market Row with a 50-cover restaurant split across two levels, with indoor and outdoor table service.
Named Deliveroo’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in 2019, Bristol-based Oowee Vegan opens its second London site. Starting out in 2016 as a pop-up sandwich kitchen in Bristol, founders Charlie and Verity saw their venture rise to huge success, leading to two permanent restaurant openings – Oowee Diner and Oowee Vegan. South London diners can now enjoy their American diner-style dishes, including the Beyond Meat burger, vegan fried ‘chicken’, and sriracha ‘shrimp’ loaded fries.
South-London based charity Resole, set up by Moosa Nsubuga, will finally have a permanent base to donate trainers to the homeless as well as disadvantaged youths at risk of gang violence and drug abuse. What started as a side project initiated by Moosa and his friends to provide high-quality footwear to the homeless has become an all-encompassing initiative, working with local councils and youth centres across three cities – London, Birmingham and Manchester – and culminating in a total of 1300 pairs of trainers distributed over the Covid-19 lockdown period, with a total value of £140,000.
The Black arts agency Disrupt Space – established to represent emerging visual artists will also be joining the markets this November. The agency was founded in 2019 by Paul Reid, former founding Director of the UK’s first national Black heritage institution, Black Cultural Archives, and Legacy Gala Lifetime Achievement Award winner in the category of Leading Black Excellence (Cultural Custodian).
Disrupt Space manages artists through their curated events programme, connecting them to collectors and those passionate about Black art.
Japanese restaurant Okan, which is already a resident of the market, is branching out with a new homeware concept store. Founder Moto Priestman, who introduced the UK to Osakan cuisine 20 years ago with a stall on Brick Lane and later a small kitchen in a jazz club in Camberwell, has created a unique store for visitors to peruse her carefully curated homeware collection that celebrates Japanese craftsmanship.
Stems Wilder, an ecologically influenced florist, will sell fresh cut-stem and dry flower designs, consciously arranged to show off the natural beauty of our planet’s flora. The humble Brixton Village studio will bring the local area up to date with the latest floristry trends, delivering unconventional flower types and colour combinations. In-store, customers will find beautiful vases, ceramics, greeting cards, candles, flower presses and prints created by (mostly female!) independent makers. Stems Wilder will also be offering workshops where budding florists can learn to work with fresh-cut and dried flowers, creating handtied bouquets and wreaths.
In light of updated government guidelines, the market has continued to implement social distancing and hygiene measures across all new venues alongside Brixton Village’s wider signage, entry posters, floor markers and informational wayfinding to help visitors navigate safely around the marketplace.
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