Patty & Bun to open second Soho site after securing former Breddos Tacos venue: Better burger brand Patty & Bun is to open its second Soho site. The company has secured the former Breddos Tacos site in Kingly Street for an opening this month. The restaurant will seat 65 upstairs and offer Patty & Bun’s classic menu of burgers and collaboration dishes. Founder Joe Grossmann said: “We are pumped to open at this iconic London landmark! It’s amazing to be part of the Shaftesbury estate with so many great restaurants and shops. We can’t wait to get open and become part of the community.” Patty & Bun currently operates eight sites in London including its other Soho venue, in Goodge Street, as well as a series of concessions.
Erpingham House to proceed with Brighton opening despite unsuccessful £250,000 crowdfunding campaign: Erpingham House, the UK’s largest plant-based restaurant, will push on with plans to launch in Brighton despite failing to raise £250,000 on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube towards the project, Propel has learned. Erpingham House founder Loui Blake said the project would still go ahead after he agreed terms on a site in Duke Street. Blake was offering 15% equity for the £250,000 investment, giving the company a pre-money valuation of £1.4m. The funds would also have been used to improve his Norwich site. Blake said: “Unfortunately we didn’t reach our crowdfund target with Crowdcube. However, we will proceed and open Erpingham House in Brighton in January. We have agreed terms on the site and are following up with those who have expressed an interest in investing.” The new Erpingham House will also specialise in vegan food but with the offer refined to appeal to a “more general audience”. Like its debut site, the new venue will be free from single-use plastic and be almost 100% carbon neutral. Last month Propel revealed Blake had launched virtual sub-brand Vegan Dough Co, which offers vegan pizza through Deliveroo or to collect from its restaurant in Norwich. Blake also operates all-day vegan cafe concept Kalifornia Kitchen.
Sheldon Inns opens sixth site with Ei Group, in Worcestershire: Midlands-based pub management company Sheldon Inns has opened its sixth site with Ei Publican Partnerships. The Chequers Inn in Fladbury, Worcestershire, has undergone a £180,000 joint refurbishment and features a new bar and restaurant that opens on to the gardens. The pub will offer a fine-dining experience and host community events such as weddings and christenings. The Chequers’ eight bedrooms have also been fully refurbished complete with new bathrooms. Sheldon Inns director Martin Cartwright said: “I am hugely excited to restore this pub and revive it as a venue. I’m confident that following the refurbishment the Chequers Inn will be a great success.” Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Matthew Obrey added: “I am over the moon to see the pub at its full potential.” Last month Sheldon Inns stepped in to rescue James Bond-themed pub The Goldfinger in Highworth, Wiltshire. As well as its Midlands heartland, Birmingham-based Sheldon Inns also operates pubs in Bristol, Oxford, the Cotswolds and Shropshire.
No1 Lounges promotes Upton to chief executive: No1 Lounges, which operates pay-on-entry lounges at airports across the UK, has promoted John Upton to chief executive, Propel has learned. Upton joined No1 Lounges in November 2018 as chief operating officer. He was formerly managing director of Leon and a member of the McDonald’s UK leadership team, while he is currently a board member of Motherclucker and Naked Deli. No1 Lounges chairman Steve Richards said: “As chief operating officer, John’s experience and knowledge of quality high-volume customer service businesses has already put us on the path to an improved passenger experience that reflects our guests’ needs. John’s passion for our people and their development is infectious and I’m certain this will serve us well in setting new standards for quality and service in airport lounges wherever we open.” In the summer the company opened its 12th site and first at London Luton under the group’s Clubrooms brand. No1 Lounges also operates at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports.
Hove-based cafe and wine bar acquires second site, plans third: Hixon Green, the New York-style cafe and wine bar based in Hove, has acquired its second site, with plans in place for a third. The company has acquired the former Aqua Restaurant in Lewes. The site in Friars Walk is next to Loungers’ Fuego Lounge in a modern development that forms part of the Whitbread-owned Premier Inn. Hixon Green also plans to open a site in Brighton in 2020. A spokesman said: “We are excited to bring our brand to Lewes as we feel our New York-inspired space will complement the mix of strong local independent operators alongside high-street operators that thrive in this busy East Sussex town.” Kate Dowd, of Fleurets, who represented Hixon Green in the acquisition, said: “The guys at Hixon Green have a clear plan for a considered expansion. Critical to this is securing the right units in the right locations to cement their brand in the market place.”
YO! launches grab-and-go concept, in Manchester: YO!, the Richard Hodgson-led global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group, has made a return to the grab and go market by launching a standalone YO! To Go site in Manchester’s Piccadilly station. The new format sees the traditional conveyor belt removed, while the reimagined YO! To Go kiosk uses interactive technology to allow customers to build their own meals by choosing from different-sized dishes and bases. Hodgson said: “We have modified the restaurant to better suit our customer’s needs and habits. In busy locations and cities, we’ve found people want the convenience of fast food but without having to compromise on quality and taste – we believe our YO! To Go format ticks all the boxes.” The company said the Manchester Piccadilly launch would pave the way for further openings in other key cities across the UK from early 2020. The group previously trialled a standalone YO! To Go unit at London’s Charing Cross station but it closed a few years ago.
Manchester-based brewer Seven Bro7hers to open second beerhouse, in Liverpool: Manchester-based Seven Bro7hers Brewery is to open a second beerhouse, in Liverpool. The company, founded by brothers Keith, Kit, Guy, Luke, Daniel, Nathan and Greg McAvoy in 2016, will launch the bar at the £100m Wolstenholme Square development. It will be the first of a number of independent cafes, bars, restaurants and retailers opening at the Elliott Group scheme in the coming months. Keith McAvoy said: “We are excited Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool city centre is to be our first Seven Bro7hers beerhouse outside Salford. We can’t think of a better place than Liverpool, which embraces all Seven Bro7hers strives for – community, togetherness and family.” CBRE letting agent Nick Huddleston said five other units were under negotiation. He added: “Seven Bro7hers is a cracking brand and the other businesses we’re in talks with will sit nicely alongside.” Elliot Group director Elliot Lawless said: “Liverpool is transforming into a city of independents. We’re off to a great start with Seven Bro7hers and I look forward to confirming other tenants shortly.” Seven Bro7hers raised more than £660,000 on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube earlier this year to open four beerhouses and expand production.
Costa drops plant-based milk fee: Costa Coffee, which is owned by Coca-Cola, has dropped its surcharge on plant-based milk. Lactofree and plant-based alternatives are now being offered at no extra cost when customers opt to customise their drink. The company tweeted: “Want another reason to be merry? We’re making our dairy-alternative coconut, almond and soya free this Christmas. Enjoy!” Costa confirmed the surcharge wouldn’t return after Christmas. The move follows a campaign launched by non-profit organisation Veganuary, which called out chains including Starbucks, Pret A Manger and Costa for charging between 20p and 50p extra for non-dairy milk.
Jing to open debut retail site offering immersive tea-tasting: Tea brand Jing is to open its debut retail site offering an immersive tasting experience, Propel has learned. The venue will launch at the St Christopher’s Place development in central London on Monday, 18 November. It will be the first outlet Jing has opened in its 15-year history and will offer 45-minute “tea flights”, while a double-fronted retail space will showcase Jing’s tea and accessories. Ed Eisler spent many years exploring Asia’s tea gardens before founding Jing in 2004. He said: “The opening of our first shop and tasting bar is a huge milestone for Jing. It’s the natural next step in our mission to revolutionise tea culture by inspiring people to choose teas that express the unique character of their origin and tea-maker.”
Bradford-based coffee shop eyes further growth after doubling up: Bradford-based coffee shop Tiffin Coffee is eyeing further expansion after doubling up in the city. The company has launched Tiffin Coffee Grande in the former Patisserie Valerie unit at The Broadway shopping centre. Tiffin Coffee has invested almost £100,000 to open the 1,700 square foot cafe, which has capacity for more than 70 people and focuses on desserts and milkshakes alongside its hot drinks offer. Tiffin Coffee also has a site in The Wool Exchange in Bradford that has been operating for about 20 years. Marketing manager John Varey told The Business Desk: “The Broadway’s range of bars and dining experiences is one of the most compelling in the region, which made it an easy decision to open Tiffin Coffee Grande in the centre. Growth has been phenomenal since launching and we’re making further plans to expand into units in Leeds and Holmfirth.” Ian Ward, general manager of The Broadway, added: “We are delighted to welcome yet another exciting addition to The Broadway dining portfolio, especially one with such an extensive history in Bradford. Alongside the selection of retailers to have opened this year, the launch of Tiffin Coffee Grande marks our 19th venue to grow what is an already impressive array of restaurants.”
Australian chef Shaun Presland to launch Mayfair pop-up next week for debut UK site: Australian chef Shaun Presland is to open his debut UK site next week. The former executive chef of contemporary Japanese restaurant chain Saké in Australia will launch Pacific on Wednesday, 13 November as a four-month residency in Heddon Street, Mayfair. The venture will replace the pop-up pasta restaurant run by Chris Leach and David Carter. Presland planned to open Pacific at the former Foxlow site in Soho but the move was called off following planning issues. Pacific will be an all-day contemporary Japanese restaurant offering sashimi, grilled seafood, and vegetable and meat dishes. Drinks will include Australian wine, Japanese-influenced cocktails and barley tea. Presland said: “It is exciting to open Pacific in a city that has evolved to become one of the best in the world for food. We look forward to sharing our vision as a pop-up at 10 Heddon Street in Mayfair for the next few months as we solidify our plans to develop the business from there.”
Halo Burger secures first bricks and mortar site: Plant-based burger concept Halo Burger is to launch its first bricks and mortar site, in Shoreditch, east London. The Ross Forder-led concept has secured the former Selekt Chicken site in Great Eastern Street. Halo Burger, which claims it is the UK’s first brand to offer 100% plant-based bleeding burger the Beyond Burger, launched a site in Pop Brixton late last year. The Beyond Burger is the creation of US company Beyond Meat, which states it’s a “revolutionary plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef” and contains no soy or gluten. Beetroot juice provides the “bleeding” effect of the burger. CDG Leisure acted on the Shoreditch deal.
BrewDog sells ‘Hop Hub’ distribution headquarters: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has sold its global distribution headquarters known as “Hop Hub” for an eight-figure sum. CBRE Global Investors has bought the 129,000 square foot distribution centre and will lease it back to BrewDog in a 20-year agreement. The facility is on the 650-acre Eurocentral industrial estate in Motherwell. Tom Stanton, a senior associate at CBRE Global Investors, told Property Week: “This is a unique opportunity to acquire a well-specified, modern facility in Scotland’s premier logistics and distribution location. The acquisition is consistent with our continued emphasis on prime real estate in desirable locations and provides a highly attractive, secure long-income stream in line with the fund strategy.” MWM Property Consultants advised BrewDog, while Knight Frank acted for CBRE Global Investors.
Food market with communal dining to launch in Borough Market this month: A food market offering communal dining will launch in Borough Market, central London, this month. Borough Market Kitchen in Jubilee House will open on Monday, 18 November featuring more than 20 traders using seasonal produce from the market. Established operators such as pasta concept La Tua Pasta will sit alongside newcomers including Mei Mei by chef Elizabeth Haigh and a new pintxos bar from Mimo London. The space will be filled with long tables to encourage communal eating. Guests will be able to take their pick from cuisine that will range from Iranian Scotch eggs to freshly made pasta, with at least 30% of ingredients in every dish sourced from the market. Continuing an emphasis on ethics and sustainability, Borough Market Kitchen will be built from recycled materials and be free of single-use plastic.
Former Ritz chef to head kitchen at new Chelsea restaurant and deli: Former Ritz chef Chris Hill is to head the kitchen at Chelsea restaurant and deli Colette, which will launch in January. Colette will open in Fulham Road offering a seasonal menu and featuring a walnut counter and terrazzo floor. Hill’s menu will include dishes such as veal blanquette and chestnut gnocchi with glazed button onions, and twice-baked cheese soufflé with poached apricots and walnuts. Desserts will include caramelised apple tart, while weekend specials will include grilled lobster with a Thai dressing. The deli will offer more dishes to take away, including beef tartar and home-made scotch eggs, Hot Dinners reports, alongside charcuterie, smoked salmon, caviar, fresh truffles, wine, cheese and chocolates.
Darling and Edge to open basement cocktail bar: Immersive events studio Darling and Edge will open a basement cocktail bar in London this month. The company will launch The Cockatiel Club in Waterloo Road on Friday, 15 November. The 60-capacity venue will offer cocktails named after birds, including the Phoenix (amaretto, whiskey and brandy with chocolate and burnt orange bitters). The Cockatiel Club will be below Darling and Edge’s restaurant Hello Darling and experiential house party-style bar Darling House.