When owner Abel Glandellini and Maitre d'Hotel Mario Gallati joined forces in 1917, their modest cafe soon made friends and gained favour amongst the theatre community and The Ivy was born. Subsequent redevelopments over the years have evolved the dining room as we know it today, a space closely resembling the grand restaurant created by the original duo back in their heyday. Mario Gallati was to continue his success story when he opened Le Caprice in 1947, and another legend was born. Relaunched by Caprice Holdings Ltd in 1990, following an extensive refurbishment, the restaurant was restored to its former glory. Currently owned by Richard Caring, The Ivy once again boasts its position as London's favourite theatre restaurant.