New Openings Round-Up 10 September

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

Thunderbird Fried Chicken has just opened at the Westfield Stratford centre. It joins sites in Charing Cross, The O2 and Earls Court, plus two delivery-only sites and franchise operations with Parkdean Resorts.


Tortilla is opening two new sites at travel hubs under a partnership with the SSP Group: at Gatwick Airport and Leeds Skelton Lake Services. Tortilla has also opened recently in Exeter, Edinburgh and Windsor, and will have 53 sites in all after the Leeds opening in early October.


Leon is opening on London’s Kings Road in October. The 1,340 square feet site is Leon’s first opening since it was acquired by the EG Group earlier this year. It will have digital kiosks for ordering.


Manchester-based Indian food and craft beer operator Bundobust is about to open its second site in the city, on Oxford Street. The 150-cover taproom and restaurant also has an in-house brewery. Bundobust also has sites in Leeds and Liverpool.


The Nightcap group has acquired a lease for a new branch of its London Cocktail Club concept on Queen Victoria Street in the City of London. It says it has five more openings in the pipeline, under plans to reach 40 sites over the next five years.


Franco Manca is opening at Cathedral Square in Peterborough, according to local media.


Competitive socialising brand Junk Yard has confirmed an opening in Newcastle before the end of the year. It will have three bars and various crazy golf courses, and becomes the sixth Junk Yard location, after Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford.


Healthy on-the-go brand Tossed has just opened on Cannon Street in London.


France-based Thai street food brand Pitaya has just opened its first UK restaurant, on The Strand in London. Pitaya has around 150 sites in seven European countries, and plans more UK openings.


The 7Bone Burger group opened its 11th restaurant this week, in Canterbury. It is on a site that was previously occupied by Byron.


Five Guys will shortly open its latest new restaurant at The Centre in Livingston.


Newcastle’s Scream for Pizza restaurant has just opened a second location at the city’s Quayside.


Brazilian steakhouse group Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill has just opened its ninth site in the Riverside retail park in Norwich.


Hampstead-based restaurant KOJO has just opened a second on-the-go site on Devonshire Square in Liverpool Street. A third location is following soon on Kensington High Street.


South east sustainable fish and grill restaurant group Lussmanns is opening a fifth location in Berkhamsted in November. It will join restaurants in Harpenden, Hertford, Hitchin and St Albans.


Coffeeshop and roasters brand Saint Espresso has signed for its sixth London site, and its second in Islington, at Angel Central. The kiosk is at the development’s central plaza, around the corner from its first-ever site on Pentonville Road. Saint Espresso also has branches in Baker Street, Camden, Hackney and Kentish Town.


Ramen bar concept Kanada-Ya is preparing two new openings: in the Newburgh Quarter in Carnaby and the new Filmworks development in Ealing. Both new sites will open towards the end of 2021. Kanada-Ya also has restaurants in Angel, Covent Garden and Piccadilly, having moved into the UK from Japan in 2014.


The Tomahawk steakhouse group has just opened a branch of its chicken and kebab concept Pollo To Go at the Xscape development in Castleford.


Tim Hortons has signed for new openings at three Landsec retail and leisure developments: Boldon in the north east, Bentley Bridge in the west Midlands, and Lakeside in Essex. The three sites total around 10,000 square feet, and each will have a drive-through operation.


Papa John’s will reach the milestone of 500 UK sites with an opening in Ormskirk in Lancashire next week.


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

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