Tim Hortons to start UK expansion with second Glasgow site, first shopping centre venue: Tim Hortons, the Canadian cafe and bake shop owned by Restaurant Brands, is to open its first UK shopping centre site, at Silverburn, Glasgow. SK Group, an experienced franchise operator that has already played a major role in the UK expansion of Domino’s Pizza, will open the 220 square metre venue in the Wintergarden, next to Patisserie Valerie, later this summer after agreeing a deal with complex owner Hammerson. It follows the brand’s UK debut site, which opened in Argyle Street, Glasgow, earlier this month. The new outlet will offer Tim Hortons’ signature coffee, espresso-based drinks, hot chocolate, French vanilla and classic frozen Iced Capp, as well as baked goods and breakfast and lunch offerings. Tim Hortons UK and Ireland chief operating officer Gurprit Dhaliwal said: “Our first Tim Hortons restaurant received an exceptional welcome in Glasgow so we’re excited to launch this debut shopping centre concept within Silverburn. With its excellent reputation and recent investment by Hammerson, Silverburn is a perfect location for the expansion of Tim Hortons across Scotland.” Hammerson head of restaurants and leisure Sarah Fox added: “Tim Hortons is a fantastic addition to Silverburn’s line-up of leading brands and the comprehensive day-out offer the centre provides. The company’s decision to begin its national expansion plans at Silverburn is also testament to the centre’s strong position in the market.” Tim Hortons was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a professional ice hockey player who wanted to create a space where “everyone would feel at home”. It is planning a “12-month rapid expansion into other major regional cities” throughout Britain later in the year, with plans for a minimum of 100 sites in total. Hammerson dealt directly, while CBRE represented Tim Hortons.
Brasserie Blanc to open first hotel site with Bournemouth launch, seeks further opportunities in sector: Brasserie Blanc, the French restaurant group led by Raymond Blanc, will this month open its first venue inside a hotel, in Bournemouth. The group’s 20th site will be in the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, overlooking Poole Bay. The restaurant will span 3,500 square feet, offering 108 covers across four interconnecting dining rooms, a 70-cover bar and an additional 42 covers on a terrace. The space will include the brasserie’s signature Anthropologie etched Arcadia mural wallpaper, reclaimed oak parquet floors, bespoke velvet and leather banquettes, art deco-style lighting, deep-buttoned sofas, and a feature log-burner in the bar. A large library will accommodate Brasserie Blanc’s private dining area for up to 30 people furnished with vintage leather wingback chairs, oak library tables and a mustard velvet chesterfield sofa. Brasserie Blanc chief executive Mark Derry said: “This is an exciting new phase for Brasserie Blanc’s development and this is an exciting opportunity for us to scale up and run the full food and beverage for the 160-bedroom hotel.” The company said the partnership marks the beginning of a new stage in its evolution as it seeks further opportunities in the hotel sector.
Remarkable Pubs to reopen Hackney venue for 15th site: London-focused Remarkable Pubs will open the 15th pub of its mainly freehold estate – The Virgin Queen in Hackney – in September. The venue will see the transformation of former football-focused pub The Albion in Goldsmiths Row. The Virgin Queen will feature a first partnership with local restaurant The Fish House. Remarkable Pubs managing director Elton Mouna told Propel: “We have recruited a general manager with energy and panache to run The Virgin Queen, which will be a Tudor-styled emporium of splendour and intrigue. We will stock a wonderful range of London craft beer, wine and top-notch fish and chips.” Remarkable Pubs’ roster of venues include The Approach Tavern in Bethnal Green and Shoreditch’s The Barley Mow and The Reliance.
Tiny Rebel Brewery to open £2.6m brewery and taproom next month: South Wales-based brewer Tiny Rebel will open its £2.6m brewery in Newport on Saturday, 1 July. The 30,000 square foot site will also feature a bar, a kitchen offering a range of menus, and an events space catering for private functions, beer festivals, pop-ups and live music, as well as brewery tours. The new brewhouse has capacity for five million litres of beer a year – almost nine million pints – and will allow Tiny Rebel to launch a canned range. Tiny Rebel co-founder Brad Cummings said: “In only five years we have gone from home-brewing in a garage to a purpose-built, world-class facility. What was most important for us was to create a space for people to enjoy what Tiny Rebel represents but we’ll also be able to increase the breadth of what we can produce.” Fellow co-founder Gazz Williams added: “We currently export to 30 countries and this new brewery will enable us to expand to more markets and accept larger overseas customers. When it comes to the location of the site, Newport is our home and where Tiny Rebel began so it is only right we invest in the city as we grow our business.” Tiny Rebel also operates two bars – in Cardiff and Newport.
Starbucks seeks agency to handle creative duties across EMEA for first time: Starbucks is on the hunt for an agency to handle creative duties across the EMEA region for the first time. 72andSunny, Starbucks’ global ad agency, is not affected by the review. The brand wants to use a specialist shop to handle creative across its European markets in particular. Starbucks has sent a request for information to several agencies in the UK ahead of a review overseen by Creativebrief. The company also works with Oliver, which provides an in-house unit that manages in-store and point-of-sale activity. A Starbucks spokeswoman confirmed the review and told Campaign: “With 41 countries in EMEA, we want to celebrate how Starbucks’ coffee leadership comes to life across a diverse region.”
Norfolk-based pub operators acquire second site: Norfolk-based pub operators Ben and Sarah Handley have acquired their second site in the county. The couple, who operate The Duck Inn in Kings Lynn, have taken on The Hunny Bell, near Holt, which is owned by the Stody Estate. The Handleys plan to reopen the pub by the end of July following a refurbishment to feature a new menu of seasonal British classics using locally sourced ingredients. It will retain its 18th century beamed main bar and feature separate lounge and restaurant areas and a snug. Sarah Handley told the Eastern Daily Press: “We have enjoyed so many successful and happy times at The Duck and feel the time is right for us to expand further. The Hunny Bell is the most beautiful pub in a part of the world we all love and we can’t wait to get started.”
Reel takes final plot at Widnes development: Independent cinema operator Reel has taken the last plot at the new Venture Fields development on Merseyside in a deal worth £300,000. Located within the Widnes Waterfront regeneration area, the 1.2-acre site occupies a prominent position at Venture Fields, with Reel joining Nando’s and The Restaurant Group-owned Frankie & Benny’s at the site. Andrew Dickman, director at developers db symmetry, told The Business Desk: “This sale represents the final piece in the jigsaw for the Venture Fields development.” Last month, Reel revealed it will operate a new-build cinema complex in Blackburn town centre.
Covent Garden’s Orso to auction memorabilia as curtain comes down and De Niro moves in: Italian restaurant Orso in Covent Garden will close on Saturday, 15 July as it makes way for the development of Hollywood star Robert De Niro’s boutique hotel. Launched in 1985, Orso is the younger sister of legendary restaurant Joe Allen, which will move to its new home on the corner of Exeter and Burleigh Street in August, taking its wood panelling, theatre posters, iconic bar and teams from both venues with it. Orso will bow out with an evening of cocktails, canapes and an auction of the photographs that adorn the walls in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Tim Healy and Lawrence Hartley bought Joe Allen, a late-night haunt for West End stars and an exact copy of the original in New York’s 46th Street, in 2012. Customers have included Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret, Sir John Gielgud, Liza Minnelli and Sid Vicious. De Niro will build an 83-bedroom boutique hotel after teaming up with BD Hotels and UK property firm Capco. He will be joint operator of the venue, which will feature a spa, members’ club and two restaurants. De Niro and BD Hotels run the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan.
Patisserie Valerie and Zizzi sign for Rushden Lakes scheme: Patisserie Valerie, the company that has sector investor Luke Johnson as executive chairman, and Azzurri Group-owned Zizzi have signed for sites at the Rushden Lakes scheme in Northamptonshire. Patisserie Valerie has agreed to take a 1,561 square foot unit within the recently completed phase one development. Meanwhile, Zizzi, which has about 140 restaurants across the UK and Ireland, has taken a 3,000 square foot site within phase two. Developer XB Retail Properties said phase one was now 92% let, with a further 1% in solicitors’ hands. It said active discussions were ongoing with potential occupiers of all the remaining seven units. The company added that phase two was now 86% pre-let, with a further 7% in solicitors’ hands.
Jason Atherton’s The Social Company launches English gin garden at Temple and Sons: Jason Atherton’s The Social Company has launched an English gin garden terrace at its City restaurant Temple and Sons, the firm’s first site in London to offer alfresco drinking or dining. Created in partnership with drinks company Fever-Tree, the terrace offers gin and tonics customisable with herbs. After selecting from a list of 50 British gins, guests choose their garnishes from herbs and fruits stored in the “Fever-Tree Garnish Garden”. The gin list, curated by Social Company bar executive Jamie Jones, newly crowned Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender of the Year, champions British distilleries including Silent Pool, Sipsmith, Little Bird and The Botanist. Gins are grouped into five flavour profiles – classic, spiced, floral, savoury and citric – each paired to a Fever-Tree tonic and a recommended garnish. There is also a gin of the week at a reduced price, while a POPS alcoholic ice lolly can also be added to drinks to create a G&T slushy.
The Hotel Collection sells Warwickshire site, ninth of ten being marketed: The Hotel Collection, represented by agent Savills, has sold the four-star Billesley Manor Hotel on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, to an overseas private investor. The grade II-listed hotel dates to the 16th century and offers 72 bedrooms, a health club, an AA rosette restaurant, two bars and ten conference rooms. The hotel will be managed by Bespoke Hotels. Many of its original features have been retained, including the ornate great hall, a 100-year-old topiary garden with fountain, and a library in which Shakespeare is reported to have written one of his plays. The sale leaves Shrigley Hall Hotel as the final property left to be sold from an original ten-strong portfolio of regional UK hotels, known as Project Solstice, which Savills is marketing on behalf of The Hotel Collection. Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, said: “The UK regional hotel market continues to attract overseas investors and high-net-worth individuals looking for smaller lot sizes and long-term income.”
Creams Cafe to open Brentwood site in September: Dessert cafe operator Creams Cafe is to open a site in Brentwood, Essex, in September. The company is opening the venue in High Street on the site of the former Garlock grocery store. The new cafe will be opposite milkshake store Yaya, which counts rap artist Lethal Bizzle and Dean Chapman, who plays Tommen in Game of Thrones, among its fans, reports Essex Live. Creams Cafe serves waffles, crepes, sundaes, milkshakes and 36 varieties of ice cream in the style of Italian gelato. It has 49 sites in the UK, including two in Essex – in Harlow and Southend – with another opening in Chelmsford at the end of the month. It is set to continue expanding with another 52 venues listed as “opening soon” on its website.
Framptons Cafe Bar & Kitchen opens third site, in Bath: Cafe concept Framptons Cafe Bar & Kitchen has opened its third site, in Bath. Three former Parachute Regiment officers Tom Walker, Ed McAdam and Sam Westlake took over Framptons Cafe Bar & Kitchen in Ringwood, Hampshire, last year and subsequently opened a second venue, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Now the trio, who have 21 years’ experience in the army between them, have opened their third outlet, in Grand Parade, Bath, creating 30 jobs. They have transformed the property, which was previously home to Casual Dining Group-owned La Tasca. Framptons offers artisan, healthy and seasonal local food as well as drinks and cocktails. Walker told the Bath Chronicle: “Interesting, historic buildings with loads of features are quite hard to come by. When we found this site we just thought ‘it’s fantastic’ – in Bath, close to the weir, and overlooking the rugby ground. What a great city.”
Michelin-starred chef Gonzalo Luzarraga to open fine-dining restaurant in Fulham: Michelin-starred chef Gonzalo Luzarraga is to open a fine-dining restaurant in Fulham, south west London. Luzarraga trained under Alain Ducasse and earned Michelin stars in top European restaurants. He will launch Rigo with Francesco Ferretti in New King’s Road at the end of this month or beginning of July. The layout will encompass three rooms, with an open kitchen in the centre, a terrazzo counter and small bar. Luzarraga grew up in Piedmont, north west Italy, with Rigo meaning a “journey of rigorous research” in the Piedmontese language. His six-course signature menu will feature sea urchin with bagna caoda, quail egg and fermented milk. There will also be an a la carte menu comprising four courses plus snacks, which will feature other dishes, and a smaller lunch menu. The drinks list will feature changing classic cocktails and wine. Luzarraga said: “‘I remember my father while fishing giving me my first sea urchin as a child and to this day it’s still a dish I see as an old friend. It’s a personal narrative about me and the dish, which has developed over the years. Travelling has allowed me to add chapters to that story, full of new ingredients and techniques from Russia and South America to Asia and beyond. Rigo will be a culmination of those experiences – my journey on a plate.”
Franco Manca opens Reading restaurant: Pizza brand Franco Manca, which is owned by Fulham Shore, has continued its expansion by opening a site in Reading, Berkshire. The company has opened the 80-cover restaurant in the Riverside development at The Oracle shopping centre. Franco Manca openings manager Bruno Leal told Get Reading: “With the River Kennet on its doorstep, the new pizzeria is the perfect spot to enjoy a sourdough pizza before a day out shopping.” Franco Manca has 36 sites and expects to open another ten in the next year.
Five Guys gets go-ahead for second Nottingham site: Better burger brand Five Guys has been given the go-ahead to open its second site in Nottingham. The company has been granted permission by the city council to open the restaurant in Redfield Way, near the city’s Showcase cinema, creating 40 jobs. The 2,500 square foot new-build venue will follow Five Guys’ restaurant in Long Row, reports The Business Desk. The planning statement said: “The location of the building completes a quadrant of restaurant units, enhances the active frontages of the area, and provides a complementary offer to the existing mix of uses on the site.” Five Guys, which was founded in Virginia in the US in 1986 by the Murrell family, has more than 60 restaurants in the UK having opened its first in Covent Garden in 2013.
Staycity snaps up EasyHotel head of development and former JD Wetherspoon director as it eyes London openings: Dublin-based aparthotel operator Staycity has recruited Neil Short, former head of development at Easyhotel, the owner, developer, operator and franchisor of “super budget” branded hotels, as the company steps up its hunt for sites in London. Short, who was previously development manager at Travelodge for eight years before leaving in early 2016, will work closely with Simon Walford, who is responsible for Staycity’s development in the UK, Property Week reports. Before joining Travelodge, Short was acquisitions director at JD Wetherspoon, a role he held for seven years. Staycity is embarking on a major expansion plan across Europe that will boost its room count by about 12,000. The operator has more than 3,000 apartments in ten European cities but plans to have 15,000 rooms by 2022. This would mean developing 50 additional properties.
Former Okura Japanese restaurant in Shoreditch goes on market: The former Okura Japanese restaurant in Shoreditch, east London, has been put up for sale. With a premium in excess of £300,000, the lease is an assignment running until 2022, with a rent of £40,000 per annum. The building in Brick Lane, which is being marketed by agent Restaurant Property, has Class A3 use and spans 1,638 square feet, including a ground floor of 842 square feet and a basement of 796 square feet. Restaurant Property head of sales Matthew Englender said: “This property is a prime opportunity for someone who is looking to be situated on the trendy and buzzing Brick Lane. It is a short walk from Shoreditch High Street station and nearby operators include Cereal Killer Cafe, The London Cocktail Club and Blanchette.”
Carlsberg UK hires new national sales unit vice-president: Carlsberg UK has appointed Alistair Gaunt as vice-president for the company’s nationals sales business unit. He will report into chief executive officer Julian Momen. Gaunt, who will manage Carlsberg UK’s national pub and family brewers accounts, previously held the position of grocery sales director at Premier Foods for two-and-a-half years. Having graduated from Durham University in 1997, Gaunt started his career with Carlsberg UK (then Carlsberg Tetley) as a sales representative in the north east, before joining Cadbury in 1999. He held a number of sales roles at the chocolate manufacturer, including responsibility for Asda, Tesco, Co-op and the impulse retail sector, as well as leading the impulse customer marketing team for several years prior to joining Premier Foods. Momen said: “Alistair brings with him a blend of operational and strategic experience, most notably gained during a transformation phase at Premier Foods and over some years at Cadbury. His leadership and strong people skills will be a great asset to Carlsberg UK and I am delighted he is joining my team.”
M&B introduces wine slushies and alcoholic lollies to attract younger drinkers: Mitchells & Butlers has partnered with wine producer E and J Gallo Winery to exclusively offer “frozen wine slushy” brand Frosé in about 150 of its pubs – introducing the product to the UK market. The slushies, created using Barefoot White Zinfandel Rosé, are available in Sizzling Pub & Grill and Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery sites. The move is part of the company’s new summer wine range, which also includes Oyster Bay Rosé, a new product exclusively available in the on-trade across 700 Mitchells & Butlers sites, including Vintage Inns, Ember Inns, Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, and a select number of Harvester and Nicholson’s venues. POPS alcoholic popsicles are also available at more than 120 sites, including Premium Country Pubs. The British-made luxury lollies are being sold in four flavours – Frosé, Bellini, Classic Champagne and alcohol-free Strawberry & Mint. Mitchells & Butlers wine category manager Lydia Worsey said: “Pushing the boundaries and testing new products is a huge focus for us, especially in the wine category where we need to work harder than before to attract younger consumers who are looking for new experiences, Instagrammable products and more accessible wine.”
Seren Collection hires head of finance: The Seren Collection, operator of luxury hospitality venues in south west Wales, has appointed a new head of finance, Mark Campbell-Blake. The group’s venues include Grove of Narberth, Coast and Kiosk in Saundersfoot and Beach House on Oxwich Bay in the Gower Peninsular. Campbell-Blake’s focus will be to streamline financial reporting and overall governance while defining a new model to transform business intelligence. He brings 27 years of commercial finance experience to The Seren Collection, much of which has been in senior management roles in the financial services sector. Campbell-Blake is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with experience in all aspects of finance. The Seren Collection managing director Neil Kedward said: “Mark shares our passion for the hospitality industry, which is so important in this sector. He has been appointed to challenge both myself and the business to get better in every aspect of what we do with financials, information and data so we can confidently take the next steps already planned for the business. His calm, measured approach and intellect sets him apart – we are so pleased to have him by our side.”
ASK Italian signs for Stratford-upon-Avon site: Azzurri Group-owned ASK Italian has signed to open a site in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. The 120-cover restaurant will feature additional outdoor seating overlooking the main square at Bell Court shopping complex. ASK Italian will join a strong restaurant line-up at the complex, including Nando’s, better burger brand Byron, Mitchells & Butlers brands Miller & Carter and All Bar One, and Italian wine cafe Veeno. John Stacey, asset management director at UK & European Investments, the developer behind Bell Court, said: “Having exchanged contracts, we expect to hand over the unit to ASK in July so it can fit-out the restaurant and potentially open in September.” The deal was completed by Time Retail Partners and Nashbond on behalf of UK & European Investments. Lunson Mitchenall acted on behalf of ASK Italian. Everyman Cinema opened at Bell Court last week as part of an 18-month refurbishment of the town centre complex.