New openings round-up

Be At One, Vapiano, Rosa's Thai Café, Flat Iron and Loungers are some of this week's new openings.

Cocktail bar brand Be At One opens its latest venue, in Brindleyplace in Birmingham, on Friday (5 October). It is a second site in the city for the brand, after an opening at Piccadilly Arcade in 2016.

Hippo Inns, the managed pub group led by Geronimo Inns founder Rupert Clevely and backed by the Ei Group, will open its 12th pub in November: the White Haus on Farringdon Street. The 3,800 square feet pub is on the site of the former White Swan pub, and will be an all-day operation, themed on alpine food, drink and entertainment and with features including private dining ‘chalets’ and a bookable cable car ‘booth’. It will have 160 covers over three floors. Hippo is partnering with the Ski Club of Great Britain on décor and activities at the pub. Clevely said: “The White Haus combines a passion for pubs and the thrill of the mountains. We’ve been incredibly lucky to have the support of the Ski Club of Great Britain—their range of memorabilia gives the pub a unique ambience, transporting drinkers and diners to the slopes without leaving the capital.”

The Ei Group has announced another new managed pub partnership with Helen Standing, who has worked on Ei’s Craft Union business. It will be called Vixen Pubs, and the first two new openings will be the New Inn Hotel in Clapham and the Wheatsheaf in Corbridge. Further sites in the north of England are being explored. It is Ei’s 11th Managed Investments partner.

Vapiano has set 26 October for the opening of its next restaurant at the One Tower Bridge development in London. The restaurant will have 360 covers over two floors. Vapiano has also lined up openings in 2019 at the Centre Point development on Tottenham Court Road and in Canary Wharf.

Thai café brand Rosa’s has just opened its 15th site, at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. It is a 2,500 square feet site in Bluewater’s upper plaza, with space for 90 customers.

Steakhouse concept Flat Iron opened its sixth London restaurant on Thursday (4 October), on Caledonian Road in King’s Cross. It has taken over a site previously run as TED Restaurant. Flat Iron also operates restaurants in Shoreditch, Covent Garden and Portobello, plus two in Soho.

Mitchells & Butlers’ Toby Carvery brand has opened its latest new restaurant at the Langley Park development in Maidstone.

Pizza Pilgrims opened its latest new restaurant at Tower 42 on Old Broad Street in the City on Monday (1 October).

The Ivy Collection will open its latest site, the Ivy in the Park, in Canada Square on 16 October. It will be an all-day operation with 150 covers and two terraces.

Loungers will open its new Rosado Lounge in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire on Wednesday (10 October). It has taken on a unit on Church Street previously occupied by Prezzo.

Chophouse operator Blacklock officially launches its third restaurant on Rivington Street in Shoreditch on Monday (8 October), following a soft opening this week. It is Blacklock’s biggest location yet, incorporating a bar with a separate food menu, and joins two sites on Great Windmill Street in Soho and Philpot Lane in the City.

Cookie dough café concept Naked Dough has launched a third site at the Stables in Camden Market. It has two other sites at Westfield London and Lakeside and is being funded by NatWest.

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi has opened on King’s Road in Chelsea—its eighth restaurant and biggest so far. It has 220 covers over three floors, including a basement for private dining. 

The team behind Sager & Wilde is to launch a new concept called Fare Bar & Canteen. The two-floor site on Old Street will have a cocktail and wine bar and grab and go coffee area as well as a restaurant serving sharing plates from a robata grill. The venue will launch in November.

MeatLiquor opens its 12th restaurant on Northcote Road in Battersea on Sunday (7 October). It has taken on a unit previously occupied by Fixed, next to Franco Manca.

Folie, a new all-day dining concept modelled on Parisian brasseries, will open at the 37 Golden Square development in Soho next summer. It has been developed by Guillaume Depoix, who has run the Boundary Hotel and Casa Cruz.

The team behind Red Light bar in Bristol are opening a new Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar concept called Downtown Taqueria next week. It will be modelled on taco trucks and will serve cocktails, tequila and mezcal as well as food.

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