New Openings Round-Up 24 September

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

US-inspired restaurant and bar Dirty Bones has set 4 October for the opening of its latest new restaurant in Kingly Court in Carnaby. It joins sites in Soho, Kensington, Shoreditch and Oxford.


US-style barbecue and lobster brand Big Easy is opening its fourth restaurant at Westfield Stratford next week. It has 250 covers plus 150 more on a terrace, plus a rum bar and theatre kitchen. Big Easy’s other three restaurants are in Canary Wharf, Covent Garden and King’s Road.


Loungers is to open the Bardo Lounge at the Waterside Quarter residential and leisure development in Maidenhead in December. It will join other brands including Coppa Club and Bakedd there.


Five Guys is opening a new restaurant at Festival Place in Basingstoke, according to reports.


Franco Manca has confirmed an opening in Blackheath Village in London. The new 2,500 square feet restaurant has 70 covers inside and 30 on a terrace, and will open in late October 2021. The deal for the site was brokered by Shelley Sandzer.


The City Pub Group is opening in Bury St Edmunds, after securing a former Café Rouge restaurant unit in the town. It has also recently acquired a hotel in Cromer in Norfolk.


Farmer J has signed for a 2,300 square feet on Regent Street in London. It was formerly an EAT unit. The opening will be Farmer J’s fifth, after Canary Wharf, Broadgate Circle, Monument and Leadenhall.


The Alchemist brand will open in Edinburgh’s St James’ Quarter at the end of October, local media report. It is a 170-cover restaurant and bar over 6,100 square feet, and is the first branch of The Alchemist in Scotland.


India’s Speciality Restaurants group will open its first UK location in early October: a 2,900 square feet branch of Kolkata-inspired Chourangi on Quebec Street in London’s Marylebone. The Speciality group operates around 130 sites worldwide.


Sheffield has a major new food hall following the launch this week of Sheffield Plate at Orchard Square. It is a joint venture between Market Asset Management and London & Associated Properties. The hall has six vendors offering Sri Lankan, Balkan, Peruvian, Thai, Portuguese and US-style food, plus two bars.


The Em Sharif Lebanese restaurant and deli group is launching its first UK outlet, within the Harrod’s store in London. It should be open before the end of the year.


Three brands have signed to open at The Lexicon development in Bracknell: bakery group Gail’s, Japanese on-the-go brand Kokoro and bubble and fruit tea business Yi Fang. Kokoro has meanwhile just opened its latest new site in Redhill.


Mowgli has signed a lease on a new unit in Preston, local media report. The plans for a restaurant in the town were first raised just before the start of the pandemic. Mowgli has also just confirmed an opening in Dukes Lane in Brighton next spring.


Hollywood Bowl is opening a new 25,000 square feet bowling alley, restaurant and bar at Genting UK’s Resorts World at the NEC in Birmingham.


Mrs Chew’s Chinese Kitchen has launched a second site at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. It follows the success of the first restaurant in Birmingham’s Grand Central. Brand founder Ellen Chew operates several other venues around London.


Norwich restaurant The Tipsy Vegan is opening a new restaurant in at Quayside in Cambridge in October.


Fitzrovia-based Scandinavian-style vegan café and deli White Pine has opened a second site on Earlham Street at Seven Dials in London. The 1,200 square feet site has a vegan menu with juices, shakes, smoothie bowls and healthy food.


The Red Dragon Pubs group is opening two more sites in south Wales: The Pemberton Arms in Burry Port and The Gwesty in Brynmawr. It now has ten sites across the region.


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



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