Plans revealed for new Selfridges restaurant

San Carlo unveils exclusive designs for Birmingham opening.

The multi-award winning Italian restaurant company, San Carlo Group, has unveiled plans for its new Fumo restaurant, champagne and cocktail bar which is set to open at Selfridges Birmingham next month.

Fumo will be located in Selfridges on the 4th floor with stunning views overlooking the iconic Bullring. It follows the successes of the award winning Fumo at Waterloo Street in the city and the much loved original San Carlo restaurant on Temple Street, which is about to celebrate its 25th year of trading.

Designs for the lavish, £1 million 3,000 sqft new Fumo include:

• a uniquely shaped grand marble bar and feature wine displays
• solid marble tables and interior clad in fine honed Italian Arabescato marble
• bespoke, hand stitched Italian leather seating will hug the curve of the balcony area

The interior has been individually designed bringing together the very best Italian materials and craftspeople to create a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere, avoiding the elaborate and ostentatious in favour of refined simple luxury, to ensure the focus is on incredible food and ingredients.

The restaurant will serve an all-day menu of delicious, regional Italian small plate dishes to share or eat alone and the feature bar will specialise in cocktails and Laurent Perrier champagne. As with all San Carlo restaurants, attention to detail is of utmost importance, all dishes will be made using only the finest ingredients, with many flown in from produce markets in Milan and Sicily.

Commenting on the forthcoming opening, Marcello Distefano, Managing Director of San Carlo Group said: “When we opened Fumo on Waterloo Street, it was an entirely new concept. Five years on we’re thrilled with its success, and the recognition its received for the style of dishes and cocktails served there.

“Based on that success we went on to open Fumo St Martins Lane, London. Now, we’re excited to reveal our plans for Fumo, especially on this grand scale and in such an iconic space. Most importantly, the emphasis, as ever, will be on fantastic food and drinks, we want people to have a great and memorable experience when they join us.”

The new Fumo will be the third Selfridges San Carlo Group restaurant – San Carlo Bottega and Gran Cafe are situated within Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester.

Bruce Langlands, Selfridges Food and Restaurants Director said: “The San Carlo group are renowned for creating and providing exceptional restaurant experiences across the country, we are so excited to be bringing their FUMO concept into our iconic Birmingham department store. We look forward to welcoming our customers to the newly designed and refurnished fourth floor dining space .”

Fumo is set to open next month.