The Thesleff Group, which operates Los Mochis and Viajante87, has acquired Italian restaurant Sale e Pepe restaurant based in Knightsbridge London.\r\n\r\nThe acquisition of the restaurant includes the leasehold of the property and the rights to the brand.\r\n\r\nPrevious owner of the restaurant Toni Corricelli is retiring after setting up the business on Pavilion Road in 1974. The restaurant was extended in 1985.\r\n\r\nThesleff plans to keep many of the classic dishes on the menu, such as linguine all'aragosta with lobster, cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic, and sogliola alla mugnaia (Dover sole).\r\n\r\nHowever, the new owners will also introduce new elements such as vitello tonnato, thinly sliced veal with tuna and caper sauce.\r\n\r\nMarkus Thesleff, founder of Thesleff group, stated in a LinkedIn post: Extremely excited to be able to announce the acquisition of the iconic restaurant Sale e Pepe of Knightsbridge. A London institution for almost 50 years!\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI remember coming for dinner as a teenager with my parents, pretty surreal. Looking forward to many more years of serving our loyal guests and friends some of the best classic Italian cuisine in London.\u201d\r\n\r\nThesleff group was founded by Markus in 2019. The group owns both Los Mochis, the Mexican-Japanese restaurant and agaveria bar, as well as Viajante87, the recently opened zero waste cocktail bar, also in Notting Hill.\r\n\r\nThe company is also set to launch a new 14,000 sq ft restaurant in Liverpool Street\u2019s Broadgate Circle in Autumn 2023.