New openings round-up

Brands including Five Guys, Le Comptoir Libanais, Turtle Bay, Las Iguanas, TGI Friday’s, Nando’s & Bella Italia are among those with new opening plans to report this week.



New openings round-up


Fast-growing US burger brand Five Guys has confirmed two more new restaurants in a deal with Legal & General. It will see it open at the Meridian leisure park in Leicester and St Nicholas Street in Aberdeen before the end of the year. The partnership with Legal & General has already brought openings at retail and leisure schemes in Sheffield, Dundee and Ashton-under-Lyne.


Le Comptoir Libanais will open six new restaurants over the next few months, the Telegraph reports, including three in London: on Poland Street in Soho, Gloucester Road in Kensington and within the John Lewis store on London’s Oxford Street. Three more openings will be outside London: at the Queen Street development in Exeter, the Little Southgate quarter in Bath and the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds. The wave of openings follows Le Comptoir Libanais’ recent flotation on the Alternative Investment Market.


Las Iguanas, TGI Friday’s, Nando’s, Bella Italia and Wagamama have all been finalized for openings at the New Mersey Retail Park in Speke, the Liverpool Echo reports. Work on the development, which also includes an 11-screen cinema, is due to begin later this year.


Nando’s has confirmed an opening at the Walnuts shopping centre in Orpington. It should open in December after a £1m refit. Brands including Bella Italia and Dean’s Diner have also moved into the centre


The Revere Pub Company from Marston’s will open its new pub called The Lost & Found in Knutsford on 29 September. It is the third location for the Lost & Found brand, which already operates in Birmingham and Leeds. The Knutsford location is a 2150cover bar and restaurant over 4,100 square feet, with an 88-cover terrace. The brand is modeled on Victorian botanical hideaways with new and classic cocktails and British food. Revere managing director Colin Sadler said: “Following closely behind our recent opening in Leeds, The Lost & Found Knutsford is a really exciting new project. This building is at the heart of the Knutsford community, and we look forward to creating a beautiful space where old and new friends can enjoy great food and drink.”


Street food operator Butchies is to open its first permanent location in Camden Market on 21 September. The operator, which specializes in fried chicken sandwiches, will call the venue Butchies’ Hatch. Butchies has previously traded in locations including Broadway Market. It will be open in Camden from 11am to 10pm, seven days a week.


Handmade Burger Co is opening in Bath towards the end of the year. It will be taking over a unit previously run as Central Bar in the town, and is the brand’s first move into the south west.


Pizza Express has confirmed an opening at the Gateway Outlet Village in Gretna early next year. It will be a 150-cover restaurant.


Japanese teppanyaki concept Benihana is considering an opening in Cardiff, local media report.


US burger brand Smashburger has set 3 October for the opening of its second UK restaurant, on North Street in Brighton. It joins the UK debut for the brand in Milton Keynes.


Ribs & Burgers, a brand with restaurants in the US and Australia, will open its first UK site in Teddington next Thursday (15 September).


Caribbean brand Turtle Bay has been confirmed for an opening at the Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn.


Pret a Manger has officially opened its previously announced new store at the South Mimms services off the M25. It is the first in a new 12-month partnership with the Welcome Break network of service stations that could lead to more joint locations. Pret chief executive Clive Schlee said: “This is a new area for the Pret business, and one we’re looking forward to exploring… I’m sure this natural food, and our organic coffee, will be well-received by motorway customers.” Pret meanwhile says it will open more vegetarian-only shops after its trial site in Soho proved a success. The Veggie Pret store will now be a permanent fixture.


All Bar One opens its latest new venue inside Edinburgh Airport next Wednesday (14 September). It is airside at the airport.


Dirty Bones opened its new restaurant in Shoreditch this week. It is an all-day operation with a breakfast menu during the week.


Thaikhun, the casual brand run by Thai Leisure Group, will open its Bath restaurant on 7 October, the Bath Chronicle reports. It is a 154-cover restaurant at the Little SouthGate development.


Gourmet Burger Kitchen has picked up a new 3,500 square feet site on Berners Street in London, and will open there later in the year. The deal was brokered by Shelley Sandzer. GBK chief operating officer Keith Bird said: “We wanted to expand within the capital, and Shelley Sandzer helped us find a great space in central London. With the success of local redevelopments such as The Berners Tavern, combined with the substantial footfall from Oxford Street and nearby Soho, the dynamics of the location made it the perfect choice for us as a brand.”


Arc Inspirations is opening two new sites under its Banyan Bar & Kitchen brand, in Roundhay and Horsforth. They are rebrands of other Arc properties.


D&D London’s Bluebird restaurant will reopen after a major refurbishment on 21 September.


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