Sri Lankan-born restaurateur Desmond Gunewardena, 63, established this London group of luxury restaurants alongside managing director David Loewi, 61, with a 2006 buyout of Sir Terence Conran’s restaurant empire. London venues include Coq D’Argent, Bluebird and Fiume, while it also has locations in New York and Tokyo, helping serve up sales of £144.7m in 2019. Following closures during lockdown, its restaurants reopened in phases between July and September with strict hygiene measures in place.
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