New openings round-up

Hippo Inns, Revolucion de Cuba, Comptoir Libanais, Boki, and Jacob the Angel round out this week's new openings. 

Bistrot Pierre is to open a restaurant at the Wish Tower development in Eastbourne. It is the brand’s first signing in the south east, and follows a string of coastal openings in towns including Swansea, Torquay and Weston-super-Mare. It is scheduled to open in spring or summer 2019, and follows an invitation from the local council. Co-owner Rob Beacham said: “We’ve had our sights set on Eastbourne for some time now so we’re delighted to have been selected by Eastbourne Borough Council to open a bistrot in such an iconic site.”

Hippo Inns, the joint venture between Geronimo Inns co-founder Rupert Cleveley and Enterprise Inns, has launched its tenth sits—the Royal Oak in Twickenham. It follows a £400,000 refurb.

Côte opens its latest new restaurant in Bournemouth on Friday (28 July). It follows the launch of one of its biggest sites yet at Trinity Leeds last week.

Nando’s has opened at the Etruria Road development in Hanley. It is close to another Nando’s at the Intu Potteries centre.

The Craft Beer Co has agreed an opening near London’s Old Street in mid-September, according to reports.

Zizzi has just opened at the St Stephen’s shopping centre in Hull. It is situated on the leisure terrace there.

COSMO is to open a new all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant on Deansgate in Manchester, in premises previously run by Red Hot World Buffet. The 25,000 square feet space over three floors, seating 350 people, will be a flagship for COSMO when it opens later in the year.

Lebanese concept Comptoir Libanais has just opened its latest new restaurant at the Oracle centre in Reading.

Camerons Brewery is to bring its Head of Steam pub brand to Liverpool. It has taken on a pub on Hanover Street previously run as the Abbey, and will open in September after a refurbishment. It marks a return to the city for Head of Steam, which once operated a pub in Lime Street.

Revolution Bars Group’s Revolucion de Cuba brand opened in Belfast this week—its first venue in Northern Ireland.

Neighbourhood, the all-day restaurant bar and night-time venue operating in Manchester and Liverpool, is to open a third site in Leeds. It has taken on a unit previously run by Carluccio’s on Greek Street, and should open in September.

All-day coffeeshop and bar concept Boki has announced more details of its opening on Earlham Street in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials next week. The 1,200 square feet unit will have a daytime offer of British and Asian influenced dishes and coffee from Allpress, plus juices, smoothies and baked goods and pastries. The evening menu will include small plates and cocktails including coffee-based mixes. Co-founder Kim Mahony Hargreaves said: “We want to showcase delicious flavours—great tasting, high quality, and authentic produce—morning to night. Our first independent Boki venture aims to further evolve our previous coffee industry experience to provide our distinctive stamp to quality, creativity and innovation.”

Layo and Zoe Paskin, founders of venues including the Palomar, the Barbary, the End and AKA are to open a new English coffee house operation called Jacob the Angel at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden in mid-August. The 300 square feet unit is next door to the Barbary, and will serve breakfast lunch and tea every day, mostly for takeaway but with seating for ten inside. The concept has been brought to Seven Dials by Shaftesbury.

Sushi Shop plans to open sites in Hampstead and Richmond, joining its first three locations in Marylebone, South Kensington and Notting Hill. There are plans for more openings in 2018. Sushi Shop has around 130 sites around the world.

Young’s has acquired the freehold of the Chequers Inn at Hanham Mills in Bristol. The pub has 140 covers inside and 120 out.

The Liberation Group has acquired the Hatchet Inn in Bristol. It will now form part of the group’s Butcombe pub estate.

Jamie’s Italian has opened in Reykjavik in Iceland—the 32nd international opening for the brand.

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