New openings round-up

Brands including Itsu, Handmade Burger Co., JD Wetherspoons, Cote, Epic Pubs, Be At One, Gusto, Ruby Violet and Byron are among those with new opening plans to report this week.

Handmade Burger Co. 

Handmade Burger Co. 

Hammerson has signed a clutch of brands to open at its Cabot Circus development in Bristol. They include pan-Asian group Itsu, better burger brand Handmade Burger and Brazilian concept Casa Brasil—all of them making their first moves into Bristol. Brasserie brand Cote has also taken a unit, alongside Austria-based pasta and pizza concept L’Osteria, for which Cabot Circus will mark a debut in the UK. Sarah Fox, Hammerson’s head of restaurants and leisure, said: “Welcoming these five new restaurants to Cabot Circus and to Bristol is testament to the vibrant and modern destination we have successfully created for the city.”

Handmade Burger continue to seek further sites for 2016 & beyond to add to their existing restaurant line up, view their property requirements here.

JD Wetherspoon has confirmed eight pub openings for the next six weeks. It launched the Booking Office at Edinburgh Waverley train station on Tuesday (14 June), and has also lined up openings before late July in Newton-le-Willows, Largs, Northolt, Formby, Huntingdon, Chatham and Okehampton. The Northolt opening will include a hotel. The pub company continue to look for new sites across the UK, view their property requirements here.

Epic Pubs will launch its third pub, the Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham in Rutland, on 21 July. The group is led by Andrew Coath and already operates pubs in Northamptonshire and Berkshire. The Oakham venue will have accommodation as well as 180 covers. Coath said: “We are really excited to be entering the next phase of Epic’s development with this new pub, which will build on the success of our two existing businesses. Each Epic establishment is unique in character and style, but with the same consistent standards of excellence in our food, drink and service.”

The Masseria group has opened a second branch of its Ostuni restaurant concept specialising in food and wine from Puglia. It is a 95-cover restaurant and is next to the Gatehouse theatre on Hampstead Lane in Highgate. Masseria also runs north west London pubs including the Salusbury and the Chamberlayne.

Be At One is about to open its 33rd bar—on Victoria Street in Nottingham.

The Intertain group has signed a deal with the Chicago Rib Shack barbecue operator to open a restaurant at its Camden lock venue. The site will be known as the TE Dingwall Building—its original name—and will continue to put on live music and comedy nights. Intertain plans to open it next Wednesday (22 June). Chief executive John Leslie said: “This venue has an incredible reputation for live music, so it makes perfect sense for us to build on that heritage. At the same time, teaming up with the Chicago Rib Shack for the restaurant operation, whose roots lay in a city that has an equally famous reputation for live music, will allow us to satisfy increasing consumer demand for Americana, from live jazz and blues through to authentic US barbeque and craft brews.” Chicago Rib Shack says it will open more new restaurants over the next year.

The Revolution group has just opened its latest Revolucion de Cuba bar and restaurant on Albert Dock in Liverpool. It is a 7,600 square feet venue. Revolucion de Cuba are looking to open further restaurants this year, view their property requirements here

Byron plans to open a restaurant in Colchester. It has applied for permission to open on the town’s high street.

Ice cream specialist Ruby Violet has opened a second site in the Granary Square development in King’s Cross. It follows the success of the original Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park.

Gusto has opened in Leamington Spa. It has spent around £1m on the development of the 4,000 square feet site, which is located in the town’s food quarter.

Heist Bank, a new all-day concept from ULG, the group behind ventures including Exmouth Market’s Coin Laundry, opens on Paddington Basin next Thursday (23 June). It is specializing in wood-fired pizzas and craft beer, and will be incorporating a boutique florist called Botanique. It is a 6,000 square feet unit.

PAUL will open its 35th café and bakery in Notting Hill in the next few weeks.

The famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has opened a new restaurant and bar concept called 1837 Bar and Brasserie.

The Street Food Chef, a Mexican canteen-style concept based in Sheffield, is launching a fourth site in the city. It will be on Sharrow Vale Road.

Healthy pan-Asian operator Itsu has just opened in Kingston.

Prezzo has applied for a licence for a unit at the Barons Quay retail development in Northwich, local media report. It is the first brand to reveal plans for the centre, which will open late this year. Steve Holloway joined Prezzo this week as their new Group Property Director. He has joined from Costa Coffee.

Deliveroo announced this week that they are searching for mobile kitchens. The company are looking to identify suitable sites across London and the UK to set up and operate. Click here to view their property requirements.

Beds & Bars, operator of tourist accommodation and entertainment venues in Europe are offering up to £50,000 for successful off market property opportunities. They are looking to open new Belushi’s Bar and St Christophers Inn sites and are currently focusing on central London. Further information can be found here.

Other operators who have released new target locations this week, include Oree, Yum Sa, Prime Steak & Grill, Chop’d, Gails Bakery & Fishworks

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