‘Our restaurant’s part of the Royal Arsenal scene’
RIGELS TUFA and his partner Dominique Walker opened a restaurant last year at Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal Riverside development in Woolwich, where they’ve also lived since 2015.
It’s a prime example of a major developer working with a fresh, young company to create a better place for the people who both live and work on the scheme, and for those who choose to visit or are just passing through.
The couple’s new restaurant launched off the back of the success of Rigels’s luxury catering company Con Gusto which was established in 2014 and operates across London.
Serving Italian cuisine as well as the occasional sushi night, Con Gusto Restaurant is located on the banks of the river in one of the site’s two historic “pepper pot” buildings, originally riverside guard houses dating from 1815, when the Royal Arsenal was a facility for armament design and manufacture.
Dominique says: “We were recommended Royal Arsenal Riverside by a friend who was already living here.
“What really persuaded us to move here was the village feel — it’s rare to find a welcoming community like this in London and it has made a huge difference to our lives and our business. We’re so excited to finally show the whole community here what we can do.
“We’re always on the lookout for something a bit different and this is the perfect home for our restaurant.
“The community here really appreciates independent businesses and they’re so engaged.
“Berkeley Homes has been one hundred per cent supportive of our plans. When we moved here we hadn’t really even considered a restaurant but they showed us the pepper pot as a potential space and it was a great fit.
“We loved bringing the building back to life. It has a contemporary, natural feel to it with a soft industrial dining area and rustic exposed brickwork, combined with an open kitchen, so that customers can watch the chefs while they work their magic.”
Eat in a pepper pot: Rigels Tufa’s restaurant is in an old Royal Arsenal guard house