New Openings Round-Up 14 April

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

The Cocktail Club will launch a new flagship venue on Temple Street in Birmingham, its parent Nightcap has announced. It will have a capacity of 450 in a 4,600 square feet space when it opens later in the year. The launch follows recent openings in Reading and Bristol. The Cocktail Club brand was acquired by Nightcap last year, and now has 16 sites.

 

Nightcap is also planning an opening for its Tonight Josephine cocktail bar brand on Hanover Street in Liverpool—its sixth location in all. It follows the recent launch of a bar in Cardiff, joining venues in Waterloo, Shoreditch and Clapham in London, and in Birmingham.

 

Indian street food brand Mowgli has announced plans for new restaurants in Beverley, Bristol and Edinburgh next year. Other openings in the pipeline include Preston in July and Brighton in November, and it says it is also looking for premises in cities including Cambridge, Newcastle and York.

 

Pizza restaurant group Zia Lucia is opening another new site in Stoke Newington next week. It will become Zia Lucia’s seventh restaurant in all, after Aldgate East, Balham, Boxpark Wembley, Hammersmith, Islington and Wandsworth. An eighth site is following in South Quay in Canary Wharf in the summer.

 

Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn is opening a new taproom on West Nile Street in Glasgow. It has secured permission for plans to convert a unit that was previously occupied by Bill’s. A basement restaurant area will be sub-leased to another operator. The new opening will be Innis & Gunn’s second taproom in Glasgow and fifth in total, alongside Dundee, Edinburgh and Leith.

 

Pret has announced plans for 20 openings in Ireland and Northern Ireland in a venture with the Carebrook Partnership. It will start with a site on Dawson Street in Dublin in the summer. Pret has also lined up four new sites in East Dulwich, Hackney, Hounslow and Surbiton.

 

Brewdog opened its new bar on Princes Quay in Hull late last week.

 

JD Wetherspoon is launching a pub called Moon on the Square on Market Square in Basildon, local media report.

 

Spanish concept Brindisa Kitchens is opening a new site in an undisclosed central London location, after closing its Shoreditch restaurant. It has five other locations across London.

 

Fried chicken brand Bird opens in Port Solent in Hampshire next week. It joins four other restaurants—in Camden, Canary Wharf and Islington in London, and Hempstead Valley in Kent.

 

Chicken restaurant Bird of Prey, Japanese tea and dessert café Tsujiri and bubble tea shop Uncle T are all opening at the mixed-use Circle Square development in Manchester. Bird of Prey is a concept developed by The Restaurant Guys, while it is a second Manchester location, and sixth in all, for Tsujiri.

 

Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte has confirmed a new 20,000 square feet site at the St Michael’s development in Manchester in 2024. Chotto Matte is an international brand that already has a UK restaurant in London.

 

The Soho Tavern Group will open a sixth site on West Bromwich Road in Walsall shortly, local media report.

 

The team behind the three-strong Halloumi group in Glasgow opened a sister site called Gyros on Byres Road in the city this week.

 

The Movement Group, which runs two bars in Liverpool, is opening an Asian-style restaurant and bar called Zenn Liverpool, close to Liverpool ONE.

 

To read the last new openings round-up, click here.

 

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