The site will continue to be a restaurant it seems but the leaseholders are seeking a new tenant and keeping the name will not be a requirement.
To my mind the two restaurants most associated with Conan Doyle and Holmes are the Holborn and Simpson's. The Holborn is important as it was where Stamford and Watson discussed Holmes before going to see him at Barts as well as being a restaurant that Conan Doyle personally visited on many occasions. It is long since gone.
Simpson's was a favoured spot for Holmes and Watson and featured in, for one example, The Illustrious Client. It will be remembered by devotees that Holmes and Watson dined twice at Simpson's during the story and, following the second visit to this restaurant, Holmes was attacked by agents of Baron Gruner.
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