New openings round-up

Alston Bar & Beef, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Tortilla, Tim Hortons, and Sushi Shop round out this week's new openings.

Three Cheers Pub Co has announced its ninth pub opening—the Princess Victoria in Shepherd’s Bush in October. It is the first west London site for the group, which has thus far focused on south London, and its second acquisition via its Managed Expert partnership with Ei Managed Investments. The pub will have 150 covers downstairs plus a function room with space for 70 and a terrace with space for 95 more. Co-founder Tom Peake said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm we are taking on The Princess Victoria. It is such a well-loved pub with a rich history and we can’t wait to breathe new life into it.”

Glendola Leisure’s Alston Bar & Beef brand is opening a second, 160-cover restaurant and bar at Manchester’s Corn Exchange in the autumn. It follows the success of the original Alston venue in Glasgow, and will focus on aged Scottish beef and 58 varieties of gin. It follows a £2m investment by Glendola Leisure. Its managing director Alex Salussolia said: “Having seen such success in Glasgow, we’re confident that Alston Bar & Beef will make the perfect addition to the Manchester food and drink scene when we open our doors this autumn.”

Unique Hospitality Management has taken on a seventh pub—the Fox at Boars Hill in Oxfordshire. The Star Pubs & Bars venue will reopen after refurbishment on 21 September. UHM hopes to have 15 pubs in all by 2019. Managing director Andrew Coath said: “The Fox Inn makes it a magnificent seven pubs for the company. The Fox Inn is a really exciting acquisition for us and is a lovely traditional pub located in a great position close to affluent Oxford.”

Brewhouse & Kitchen is to open its first pub in Wales after acquiring Y Mochyn Du near Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. It will reopen the pub after refurbishment next year.

Zizzi and Byron will both open restaurants at a new hotel and casino development in Bath. Zizzi is expected to launch before the end of the year, with Byron to follow in 2018.

Tortilla has just opened its latest new restaurant on Kingsland High Street in Dalston—its 34th venue in all. Managing director Richard Morris said: “Dalston is a great opportunity for us. It’s an area where we see untapped potential, especially being one of the only fast casual restaurants on the high street. Dalston has been a must-go-to area for many similar brands and we’re incredibly proud to be one of the first there.” Tortilla says it is also close to agreeing terms for three more sites that it hopes to open before the end of the year.

Turtle Bay will open its new restaurant on Castle Street in Swansea on Sunday (10 September)—and has set 22 October for the opening of its new restaurant on St Andrew’s Cross in Plymouth.

The Loungers group has just opened the Verso Lounge on Staffordshire Place in Stafford.

Canada-based coffeeshop chain Tim Hortons is stepping up its rollout around the UK with openings in Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast. The brand launched into the UK with stores in Glasgow in June. Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “We were blown away by the reception we received in Glasgow and are delighted to announce the opening of restaurants in Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester.”

Japanese concept Sushi Shop is to open in Hampstead and Richmond by the end of the year. It will take the brand’s number of sites to five, alongside Marylebone, South Kensington and Notting Hill. It has around 130 stores worldwide.

Buca di Pizza has just opened at Flemingate in Beverley. The 3,200 square feet restaurant has 120 covers and space for 45 more outside. It adds to the brand’s restaurants in Leeds, Chapel Allerton and Manchester.

Five Guys is to open on Petergate in York, local media report. The opening date is yet to be confirmed. It has also signed for a unit at the Intu centre in Derby.

YO! Sushi opened its latest new restaurant at Glasgow Fort on Thursday (7 September).

Geronimo Inns has reopened the Duke of Clarence pub on Old Brompton Road in South Kensington after a refurbishment.

Liverpool’s Catalunyan restaurant, bar and deli Lunya is relocating from Liverpool One’s College Lane to a new 5,500 square feet unit on the corner of College Lane and Hanover Street in October.

A permanent Nespresso store has opened at Sheffield’s Meadowhall following a pop-up venture.

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