New Openings Roundup 18th August

The latest news on venues opening across the UK.

Putt Putt Noodle, the crazy gold concept from We Do Play, which also operates the Flip Out brand, is lining up the opening of a flagship site in central London. 


Mowgli has added to its openings pipeline after securing a site in Chelmsford. The business will open its latest site at the end of this month in Beverley. A long-anticipated site in Bristol’s Corn Street is due to open in November, while a site in Knutsford’s King Street is also scheduled to open this year. 


The first Gaucho restaurant in Wales is set to open next month. It will be the 20th Gaucho opened by Rare Restaurants following an opening in Covent Garden in June, its first London launch in more than a decade. 


Nando’s has opened its latest site, on level one in the newly restored Battersea Power Station. The new restaurant has 120 covers and also offers click and collect and takeaway. 


Island Poké, the White Rabbit Projects and Hero Brands-backed business, is to strengthen its presence in the City of London later this month with an opening in Fenchurch Street. 


Pret A Manger has confirmed its first shop in Northern Ireland is set to open later this year, in Belfast city centre, operated by its longstanding franchise partner Carebrook Partnership. 


Speciality coffee shop operator Black Sheep Coffee has opened its first site in Wales. The fast-growing brand has opened in a unit in Southgate House in Wood Street, Cardiff. It has also opened a new site in High Wycombe, in the town’s Eden shopping centre. 


State of Play Hospitality has opened the first site under its ping pong concept, Bounce, since the pandemic. The site, within the redeveloped Battersea Power Station, is the third London venue for Bounce, joining Farringdon and Old Street, and the group’s 11th across its four brands. 


Soho House has confirmed it will open its first private members club in Scotland, in Glasgow city centre, next year. Located just off George Square, Soho House Glasgow will have various spaces for members to eat, drink and socialise across four floors including a roof terrace. 


London Pakistan-inspired cafe concept Naan Staap now has six further London sites lined up to open in the next six months, including locations such as Islington, Harrow and Wembley. 


North east cocktail bar concept Mother Mercy is to launch its fifth site. Café Mercy will open on Friday, 25 August in Grey Street, Newcastle. 


Essex operator Burak Erceli, who is behind the Fat Turk concept, is to open an immersive Greek restaurant in Brentwood. Erceli will launch Yiamas in the suburb of Pilgrims Hatch. 


Korean fast food concept The Bap has opened its third site, in Reading. It has opened in the town’s Market Place, joining its other sites in Farnborough and Swindon, offering “authentic Korean cuisine”. 


The team behind Halifax Italian restaurant 2Amici is set to open a second site for the concept. 


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