New Openings Round-Up 10 December

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

Steakhouse group Flat Iron will open its tenth restaurant on the Cut in Waterloo, in a unit that was previously occupied by Byron. The new site will launch in the spring, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Flat Iron’s first restaurant in London’s Shoreditch.


The Real Greek opened its first site in northern England this week, at the Corn Exchange in Manchester. The 200-cover restaurant is the 22nd location for the brand in all.


Sri Lankan street food style restaurant group The Coconut Tree is opening its ninth location on Gas Street in Birmingham early next year. It will join two sites in Bristol and locations in each of Bath, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Oxford and Reading.


Slim Chickens has just opened in Nottingham as it continues a rapid rollout in the UK. It now has 15 locations here.


Ramen restaurant brand Tonkotsu has set 14 January for the opening of its latest new restaurant in London’s Finsbury Park. It will become Tonkotsu’s 16th restaurant in all, 13 of them in London.


The Brother Marcus group, which has restaurants in Islington and Spitalfields, is opening a third restaurants at the Borough Yards development in the spring. It joins restaurants already lined up for Borough Yards including Barrafina, Butchies and Vinoteca.


Five Guys opened its latest new restaurant at Festival Place in Basingstoke this week.


Thai brand Giggling Squid is recruiting for an opening in Harrogate in Yorkshire early next year.


BrewDog opened its latest new bar in Huddersfield late last week. It includes a kitchen residency with Red’s True Barbecue.


The Haywards Heath branch of Café Rouge has become the first in the group to reopen as Rouge. It follows a major refurbishment of the restaurant. More reopenings are planned for the brand.


Glasgow burger restaurant El Perro Negro is opening at the Bonnie & Wild food hall in Edinburgh’s St James’ Quarter.


Italian restaurant L’ulivo is opening on The Strand early next year. It is a second site for the brand, joining the original in Charing Cross.

The Exeter Brewery has just taken on its first pub: The Hour Glass in the city. The three-floor pub had been threatened with closure.


Woking Shopping has unveiled two new openings at the Wolsey Place development in the town: The Tea Terrace and its sister brand The Ol’ West Grill & Diner. The Tea Terrace has four other sites—two in London and one in Cobham and Guildford—but the Woking launch is its biggest yet, with 120 covers over 4,100 square feet. The wild west themed Ol’ West Grill & Diner opens shortly next door to The Tea Terrace in Woking, and is the group’s first move into restaurants.


Hollywood Bowl is opening a bowling alley, bar and diner at the Animate complex in Preston. It is the first tenant to be confirmed for the development.


Japan-based coffeehouse concept Arabica has opened a third location in the UK, on Moulton Street. It joins sites in Covent Garden and Hackney. Arabica has around 100 stores around the world.


Mercers’ Company has announced the opening of a new all-day concept called Where’s Fred’s at 7 Frederick’s Place in the City of London.


To read last week’s new openings round-up, click here.

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