Byron has announced its first restaurant in Wales—at the St David’s centre in Cardiff. It has taken a 5,150 square feet restaurant over two levels in the Grand Arcade section of St David’s, and will launch there in the summer. Another recent addition to St David’s is Caffe Nero, which launched a 1,140 square feet unit in early March. Byron marketing director Paul Coppin said: “We couldn’t be happier to be bringing proper hamburgers to Wales. Over the years we’ve had more and more customers ask when we’ll be opening here, so it’s a real pleasure to finally be able to give them the answer they’re looking for.”
Nando’s has opened what it claims is an industry first—a 100% sustainable restaurant at Cambridge Retail Park. It has features including solar roof panels on the roof, which along with hydropower and anaerobic digestion technology will provide all of its electricity. Heat recovery systems will reduce heating bills. Nando’s says it is the first in a new series of next generation restaurants. Andrew Stephen, chief executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, said: “Nando’s Next Generation is a fantastic, positive example of what restaurants can do to reduce their footprint, providing a destination for people to visit, where they can eat and enjoy a meal that isn’t costing the earth.
Pho opened on Bold Street in Liverpool last weekend. It is the brand’s 22nd location, following recent launches in Wimbledon and Kingston upon Thames, and its seventh restaurant outside London. The Bold Street unit has 85 covers.
Gaucho has confirmed its first new restaurant opening in seven years—a 120-cover site on Colmore Row in Birmingham in May.
Polpo will open at Queen Street Dining in the Guildhall, Exeter next week. Read a Q&A here with Co-owner, Richard Beatty as he discusses their property requirements.
Turtle Bay has submitted a planning application for a new restaurant on St Andrew’s Cross in Plymouth. It wants to convert an old Post Office building there.
Five Guys has set 28 April for the opening of its latest new restaurant in at the Coliseum Retail Park at Cheshire Oaks, the Chester Chronicle reports. It will be the third new restaurant of the year for the brand, which is now past 60 locations in the UK.
Wine bar and retailer Vagabond and Scandinavian style bakery and café concept Ole & Steen have both agreed sites at the Nova Food development in Victoria. Vagabond opened on 20 March, making it the fifth location in its group. Ole & Steen will launch shortly, joining its original London location at St James’ Market. Both deals were brokered by Shelley Sandzer, whose Leo Feldman said: “Ole & Steen and Vagabond are two fantastic additions to the vibrant food and drink scene in Victoria.”
Canadian coffeeshop concept Second Cup is to open at the new £60m development at Sheffield’s Meadowhall centre shortly. It has taken a 1,560 square feet unit there, which will adopt the brand’s new interior design. The addition follows recent openings at Meadowhall by operators including Barburrito and Pret a Manger.
Revolution Bars Group will open its first bar and restaurant in Northern Ireland in July, with the launch of a Revolucion de Cuba in Belfast. More Northern Ireland openings are likely to follow. Chief executive Mark McQuater said: “Belfast represents an exciting location for us in a site with real heritage.” July also sees a Revolution opening in Belfast.
The Tasty Group’s Wildwood brand has just launched its latest new restaurant on New Street in Birmingham. It had been seeking a site in the city for several years. You can read a Q&A with Wildwood’s Property Director here.
Franco Manca has just opened in Putney.
Carluccio’s has opened another of its ‘new generation’ restaurants on St Helen’s Square in York. It is a 170-cover site.
Deliveroo now have over 20 Roobox sites in operation, as they seek over 150 sites across the UK. Target locations include London, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Manchester. You can view their requirements in full here.
Pret a Manger says it will open a second branch of its Veggie Pret format in Shoreditch. It will launch on Great Eastern Street on Tuesday (4 April).
M Restaurants has just completed legals on its third venue and the first in a new M Bar & Grill format. It is on Brewery Wharf in Twickenham and should launch at the end of July. The 150-cover restaurant is a scaled down version of M’s core brand, and the group claims it will be the first restaurant in the UK to offer full-blood Highland Wagyu beef. The opening follows a crowdfunding project that reached a £1.8m target in a few days at the end of last year. Martin Williams said: “Our two incredible, multi-award winning international grill restaurants are now firmly established in central London, so it now feels like the right time and location to create a truly modern British grill.”
Pieminster continue to seek new sites, target locations include Bath, Leeds and Glasgow. You can view their requirements in full here.
Bistrot Pierre has secured approval for a restaurant opening in Southport. It will convert a retail unit there.
Pizza Pilgrims has set 1 May for the opening of its sixth London restaurant, in West India Quay. Another launch is due to follow in Waterloo.
Dandy Café, the shipping container pop-up restaurant concept in London Fields, will open a permanent site on Newington Green close to Stoke Newington on Wednesday (5 April). It will be called Dandy, a hybrid of the names of the people behind it, Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch. It will be a 50-cover restaurant with room for another 30 people on a terrace. It will be open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner from 6pm to 11pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
The White Rose shopping centre in Leeds is to open a major new 65,000 square feet leisure and entertainment area as it celebrates its 20th birthday. Along with an 11-screen cinema it will house six restaurants, with Five Guys and Cote’s Limeyard American concept the latest names to be confirmed. Wagamama, Chiquito, TGI Friday’s and Pizza Hut have already been unveiled for the development.
Yorkshire is to get its first gin distillery and bar with the launch of the Humber Street Distillery Co at the Fruit Market development in Hull. It will open on 15 April in a 1,800 square feet unit, selling around 100 different types of gin, plus cocktails and craft beer and bar food including sharing platters. The signing was agreed with Fruit Market developer Wykeland Beal. Co-owner Lee Kirman said: “We have taken inspiration from bars in cities such as London and Edinburgh, but wanted to take it a step further by distilling our own gin on the premises.”