New openings round-up

Boxpark, Bill's, The Ivy and Turtle Bay round out this week's new openings.

Greene King’s Pub Partners operation has teamed up with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge to open a joint venture called the Butcher’s Tap in Marlow. It will incorporate a butcher’s and bar during the day before offering food in the evenings. Greene King Pub Partners managing director Clive Chesser said: “We aim to work with the best in the business and are thrilled that the next step of our on-going partnership with Tom Kerridge also marks the start of what we hope will be a major development in our Pub Partners division.”

Boxpark has submitted plans for its next big opening in Wembley—including space for 27 independent food and drink operators. The site is scheduled to open on Olympic Way in late 2018 and will have an events space as well as the shipping container-based food and drink units. It would join the first two Boxparks in Shoreditch and Croydon.

Bistrot Pierre opened its latest new restaurant in Southport last Friday (17 November).

Bill’s opens at the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth on Monday (27 November). It follows the refurbishment of a unit previously occupied by Ed’s Easy Diner, giving Bill’s 2,000 square metres of space over two floors.

The New World Trading Company has confirmed an opening for its Botanist bar and restaurant brand in Coventry. It will be situated within a new dining quarter in Coventry’s Cathedral Lanes.

Ei Managed Investments has agreed another deal for managed pub openings with Hush Heath Estate. The first opening for the new Hush Heath Inns venture will be the Ship Inn in Rye in Sussex, which will launch after a refurbishment in early 2018. Hush Heath Estate already runs four pubs, three of them with rooms. For Ei, it is the ninth managed pub partnership. Ed Gardner, previously managing director of Corney & Barrow Bars, has joined Hush Heath Estates as commercial director, and said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Ei Managed Investments and taking on the Ship Inn, Rye.”

The Imbiba-backed Camm & Hooper group has officially opened its sixth venue—Grace Hall on Leadenhall Street. It offers four different vents spaces.

US burger brand Smashburger will open at Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline shortly. It will be its second restaurant in Scotland and seventh in the UK as it continues a push into the country.

Canadian coffeeshop brand Tim Hortons has just opened at the Wintergarden area of the Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow. It is a 2,400 square feet store next to Patisserie Valerie, and marks Tim Horton’s first shopping centre location in its rollout in the UK.

Scotland-based Italian brand Tony Macaroni is to open on Aberdeen’s Marischal Square. It will be a 155-cover unit, and is Tony Macaroni’s 12th location in Scotland, and second in Aberdeen. Brands including All Bar One, Prezzo and Costa are among other operators at Marischal Square.

Turtle Bay has submitted an application to open in Southend, local media report.

Vietnamese concept Banh Banh has secured a second site on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton. It is a 1,400 square feet unit with 65 covers and a bar area. The first Banh Banh restaurant opened in Peckham last year. The Brixton deal was brokered by Shelley Sandzer.

US-based vegetarian concept By Chloe has secured a second UK location at the One Tower Bridget development. The first By Chloe is scheduled to open on Russell Street in Covent Garden in January.

The White Brasserie Company has set 18 December for the opening of its latest new pub restaurant, the Black Horse in Thame. It will be a 140-cover venue over 400 square metres

Brakspear has reopened the Dog and Duck in Wokingham as a managed pub after a major refurbishment. It becomes its tenth managed operation.

A plant-based burger concept called the Vurgur Co has launched with a stall on Spitalfields.

Carlini, an Italian restaurant in Shifnal in the Midlands that opened earlier this year, has opened a second venue in nearby Albrighton.

The Ivy has opened its latest brand spin-off on Parliament Street in Harrogate.

Linda Lee, founder of Korean concepts Koba and On the Bab, will open a new ‘table and market’ concept called Mee Market on Archer Street in Soho on 4 December. It will sell take-out and eat-in Korean food over a two-floor space, including a poke rice and salad bar, hot counter and dry foods. Lee said: “I wanted to offer Londoners a great grab-and-go Korean and Asian food option, and with Mee Market they will have a choice of takeaway options as well dried ingredients and recipe cards to cook dishes at home.”

Castle Rock Brewery will open a micropub and wine cellar in Nottingham on 12 December. It follows a refurbishment of an old sweet shop, and Castle Rock will retain the shop’s name, the Barley Twist.

The rhubarb group is to open a major all-day restaurant concept called Vivi at Centre Point off Oxford Street. It will be part of the revival of the Centre Point building when it reopens in April.

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