New Openings Round-Up 30 April

The latest news on venues opening across the U.K.

A major new 30,000 square feet football-based entertainment and dining concept called TOCA Social will open at the O2 in London this summer. It will have a variety of immersive football games and live music as well as modern American-style food and drinks, including three bars and a dedicated dessert room.


Five Guys is to open its first drive-through restaurant in the UK at Teesside Park in the summer. It is moving into a unit at the Park that was previously occupied by Chiquito. Five Guys is also preparing to open at Stevenage Leisure Park on Monday (3 May).


The Bloomsbury Leisure group has just launched a craft beer bar called Hackney Tap in London, with more than 20 beers available. Bloomsbury also runs several Tap venues in London and Manchester, with another to follow in Birmingham soon.


Sixes, an indoor cricket nets and bar concept, Is to launch on Great Portland Street. It has been developed by the team behind Mac & Wild, and has moved into space previously occupied by Villandry. It is scheduled to open in late May. Sixes already has a venue in Fulham, and a Manchester opening is also planned.


The Living Ventures group is opening the Grand Pacific restaurant and bar concept within the refurbished Queens Hotel in Leeds in June. Grand Pacific’s original site is in Manchester.


Passyunk Avenue, a Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant concept with sites in Fitzrovia and Stratford, is hoping to open a new site at Leake Street Arches in Waterloo in the summer. It has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the opening.


Camden Town Brewery will open a Bavarian-style beer hall by Camden Arches on Wilkin Street Mews, close to its original brewing site, in early June. It will have 24 beer taps, including non-pasteurised brews, plus food and tours.


NQ64, a retro arcade bar concept with sites in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, is planning to open on Grey Street in Newcastle. NQ4’s rollout is being backed by the Imbiba Partnership.


Island Poké says it will open in Camden Market in mid-May. It is being backed by Hero Brands, and has ten sites in London, with ambitions to open several more by the end of the year.


Vegan restaurant concept Erpingham House is opening a third location in at the St James development in Edinburgh in late June. Erpingham House’s other two restaurants are in Brighton and Norwich.


Camden Market has announced the signing of a new plant-based restaurant called Bad Vegan at its Buck Street Market. It has been developed by Tom Kerridge and Mark Emms and is moving into two of the market’s shipping containers, covering 415 square feet, over the summer.


The JKS Restaurants group is to launch a new restaurant called Bibi on North Audley Street in Mayfair in June. JKS runs 15 restaurants in central London.


Brighton’s Cin Cin restaurant will open on Foley Street in London’s Fitzrovia in mid-May. It will be a third site for the concept, which operates on Vine Street in Brighton and Western Road in Hove.


The team behind Don Alberto in Holmes Chapel and Il Padrino in Middlewich are to open a third Italian restaurant and café: Don Alberto’s @ The Loom in Leigh. It is due to open in June.

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