In 1975, a restaurant called Harvey’s opened on the Fifth Floor and was an instant success. By the 1980s, Harvey Nichols was a driving force in the introduction of mixed collections, encouraging the likes of Max Mara and Nicole Farhi to design a variety of pieces, rather than focusing on a single department – as was the norm. Four of the six floors were devoted to fashion, with ‘Zone’ in the basement catering specifically to teenagers. Princess Diana was a regular client and would reserve a spot at the back of the restaurant. In 1985, Harvey Nichols was bought by the Burton Group.
In 1991, Harvey Nichols was bought by Dickson Poon of Dickson Concepts (International) Ltd. Subsequently, the store underwent a transformative refurbishment. A new Restaurant, Café, Bar and Foodmarket opened on the Fifth Floor, with a unique express lift that allowed for later opening hours after the main store closed. This concept proved immensely popular, earning Harvey Nichols a lasting reputation for fashionable fine dining and a Champagne lifestyle.