The Loungers group opens its new roadside dining concept called Brightside on Friday (10 February). It is located on the A38 near Exeter. Further Brightside openings are lined up for 2023 in Honiton, Saltash and Rutland, with more locations to follow.
Southern American fried chicken brand Popeyes has confirmed a new restaurant opening on Broad Street in Reading on 23 February as it continues a rapid rollout in the UK. Popeyes is also opening on Market Hill in Cambridge on Thursday (16 February).
Bowling alley and leisure group Lane7 says it will open a major new venue in London’s Victoria this year. It has also lined up new locations in Dublin and Belfast, as well as British cities including Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and York. A sister gaming brand called Level X is meanwhile opening in Middlesbrough soon, after launching in Glasgow last year.
Wagamama opened a new restaurant this week at the Riverside retail park in Norwich. The 118-cover unit is a second location for the brand in the city, after Chapelfield Plain.
German beer hall concept Bierschenke is opening on Earlham Street in London’s Covent Garden in the Spring, after taking on a 12,000 square feet site there that was previously occupied by Belgo Centraal. The original Bierschenke is in Liverpool Street in the City, though it is currently closed.
London Neapolitan pizza pop-up 081 Pizzeria is opening in Peckham Rye towards the end of February. It will be a third location for the brand, after Camden and Fitzrovia.
Island Poke is opening on Portobello Road in Notting Hill in early March. It will become Island Poke’s 15th location in London.
Cheshire Pub Co is opening a pub and restaurant called the Rascal and Radical in Tarporley in Cheshire in the Spring. It will be located in a unit that was once a fire station.
The Whelan’s pub group has opened the Fox pub in Palmers Green after a refurbishment with Star Pubs & Bars—its ninth location.
The Hard Rock Café group has submitted plans for a new site in an old retail unit on Coney Street in York, local media report. As well as a restaurant, bar and retail element, the venue will have an aparthotel on upper floors.
Young’s has opened a speakeasy-style bar called the Bishop’s Vaults in Bishopsgate in the City. The two-floor site will have 150 covers, and premium wines, cocktails and small plates.
Burger brand Burgerism has just opened on Bold Street in Liverpool, in a partnership with bar and music venue Jimmy’s. Burgerism has another restaurant at Escape to Freight Island in Manchester, plus delivery sites in Salford, Leeds and Gatley, and is also lining up an opening in Warrington.
US fried chicken brand Wingstop is to open at Gallions Reach retail park in Beckton in east London. It has taken on a unit that was previously occupied by Bella Italia, and is due to launch in early April. The opening is Wingstop’s first in a retail park in the UK.
Burger brand The Beefy Boys is opening a third restaurant in Cheltenham, local media report. It has taken on an old Bill’s unit on Regent Street and will launch towards the end of February. The Beefy Boys’ two other restaurants are in Hereford and Shrewsbury.
Mission Mars’ pizza brand Rudy’s has just opened its second Birmingham location, at Brindleyplace.
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