New Openings Round-Up 23 July

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

The Boparan Restaurant Group is bringing five of its concepts together to create a new Restaurant Hub under one roof next week. Branches of Caffe Carluccio’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Slim Chickens, Ed’s Easy Diner and Harry Ramsden’s will all be located within the Sainsbury’s superstore on Selly Oak in Boulevard in Birmingham. There will be 180 covers, and people will be able to mix and match dishes from the different brands. Boparan has already partnered with Sainsbury’s on Caffe Carluccio’s openings in several of its stores.


Five Guys is opening a second restaurant in Bristol, on Queen’s Road in the Clifton area of the city. The 3,100 square feet unit was formerly occupied by Bill’s. Five Guys’ other Bristol restaurant is at Cabot Circus.


Yard Sale Pizza has lined up another new opening in Crystal Palace for August. It will start with delivery and takeaway operations, with eat-in to follow. It becomes the eighth Yard Sale Pizza, joining sites in Balham, Clapham, East Dulwich, Finsbury Park, Hackney, Leytonstone and Walthamstow.


KFC is opening a major new restaurant on Charing Cross Road in central London. It has taken on a lease on a unit that was previously occupied by PizzaExpress.


US brand Slim Chickens opens a 150-cover restaurant at the BH2 development in Bournemouth next week, as it continues a rapid rollout in the UK under franchise. The 4,500 square feet Bournemouth restaurant is the 13th UK site in all.


Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co opens a new pub concept called Sadler’s Cat on Manchester’s Hanover Street next month. The pub was previously run in partnership, but is now solely managed by Cloudwater. The brewery also has taprooms in Manchester and London.


Filipino fast casual concept Jollibee opened at the St David’s Centre in Cardiff this week. It is the brand’s first opening in Wales and its sixth in total, after Earl’s Court, Leicester, Leicester Square, Liverpool and Leeds. Another launch is coming soon in Reading.


Clean Kitchen, the plant-based concept founded by former YouTuber Michael Pearce and TV personality Verity Bowditch, has opened at Camden’s Buck Street Market. Clean Kitchen was established as a dark kitchen in 2020, during the first COVID-19, but has now taken up a permanent space over two floors with 54 covers at Buck Street Market. Several more delivery and eat-in locations are now planned.


Liverpool’s Salt Dog Slims concept is launching a second site on Bow Lane in Manchester. It will have a 120-cover ground floor bar, and a speakeasy-style basement. It will open in the autumn. Salt Dog Slims is run by the Graffiti Spirits Group, which has several other venues in Manchester and Liverpool.


Healthy eating brand Kaleido has opened its third site at Canada Square in Canary Wharf. It joins a kiosk in Kingly Street and concession in Selfridges for the business.


Shropshire brewery Joule’s opened a new pub In Stone this week. The Crown Wharf is a joint investment with the town’s council and theatre trust.


A new Monopoly-themed immersive concept is opening at the Court on Tottenham Court Road in mid-August. A Top Hat restaurant and bar will operate alongside the Monopoly Lifesized gaming element.


JD Wetherspoon has secured permission to open in Grays. It is converting an old cinema in the town.


Swansea’s Secret Hospitality Group is to run a restaurant at the Copr Bay development in the city. The 1,400 square feet site will open towards the end of the year. It is a third location for the group.


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

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