I believe that site is owned by the Ticino Bakery a few doors down from Zucca, who are opening a cafe. I think there's a thread on here somewhere with CGI images of what it will look like, it looks great!
I think IMHO some of the comments are a bit unkind to Carluccio's ...yes it is a chain but it isn't bad at all compared to some of them and they do try to present a quality product without going into the stratosphere with their prices. Personally I would prefer an artisan bakery/cafe but I would prefer Carluccio's to a derelict site.
Ah I was not aware the project had stumbled, but I did think work had maybe slowed/stop. That is real shame, I hope they can dig themselves out of it, the original idea looked very promising and I was looking forward to it.
I agree with the runningman, it's not about the integrity or suitability of any particular chain. I for one would love to see Ticino products more readily available to the public. But overall isn't this the attractive part of the street ? No chains ? No high street ? Do we really need another high street branded area ? Isn't it the likes of The Garrison, Woolpack, Zucca and Jose that have made the area so interesting. Then the other smaller owner operators close by such as SimontheTanner, Brittania, The Leather Exchange Marigold, Royal Oak offering more interesting alternatives.
Another interesting site @ 124 seems to have stopped as well, anyone know why ?