New openings round-up

18 June, 2015

Barburrito, Be At One, Ego, Patisserie Valerie, Rossopomodoro, Joe & the Juice, Byron, Nightjar, Joe’s Kitchen and The Snug are among the brands with news of launches in another busy week of openings for the sector. 

Barburrito launches its first restaurant in Wales on Tuesday (26 June), at the St David’s Centre in Cardiff. It has taken a 1,100 square feet unit there. It has also signed for a site at the Qube development within Intu’s Metrocentre in Gateshead, to open early next year. 

Be At One is to open in Norwich after acquiring a venue owned by the Eclectic bar group. It has been run as a Lola Lo concept.

The 3Sixty Restaurants group has picked up a second site for its Ego brand. It is the Beverley Arms in Ackworth in Yorkshire, owned by Wellington Pub Co, and should open in August. Ego’s first pub development was in Stockton Brook. 3Sixty chief executive James Horler said: “This is a very exciting property for us to develop the Ego brand into. We are keen to expand the Ego brand into public house venues across the country. Our local community behaviour gives us a very strong point of difference and has contributed to two years of strong like for like sales growth.”

Patisserie Valerie opens its first Northern Ireland branch in Belfast later this summer. A second site in the city will follow.

The Rossopomodoro and Joe & the Juice brands are expanding with joint new openings with retail giant John Lewis. Between them they will open ten new restaurants over the next year, starting with pop-ups for the two concepts on the roof of its flagship Oxford Street branch this summer. Both brands will also open at John Lewis’ Newcastle store. Rossopomodoro is launching at Kingston too, while Joe & the Juice is taking up residence at the Bluewater and Watford stores. More locations will be announced soon. 

Byron will open in Bury St Edmunds later this year, the local newspaper reports. 

Cocktail bar and music group Nightjar is to open in Smithfield after securing a let on the Cock Tavern. The 4,200 square feet pub sits beneath the Poultry Hall at Smithfield Market, and will be reopened by Nightjar in the autumn. 

Bar and restaurant concept The Snug has just opened its latest venue in Ware. It follows a pop-up version in the town that launched in March. 

The Restaurant Group is taking its Joe’s Kitchen and Coffeehouse concept to the Intu shopping centre in Derby. The 160-cover, all-day site launches on Monday (22 June). It will be the fifth location for the brand.

Ed's Easy Diner has just opened in Luton.

The Castle Rock Brewery has taken over the Embankment Social Club at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. It becomes its 21st pub in all.

Oakman Inns has opened its 12th pub restaurant—the Navigation at Cosgrove in Northamptonshire. It is its first partnership with Greene King Pub Partners.

A new Jamaican food concept called Rudie’s will open in Dalston in September. It will have a sharing style menu with jerk dishes and other traditional Jamaican food, plus cocktails. Design is on the theme of a Jamaican rum bar. Co-founder Matin Miah said: “The atmosphere at Rudie’s will be cool, funky, casual and fun with a huge smiling persona - we want to bring a great big slice of Jamaica and the best “real jerk” to the streets of London.”

A new music venue, bar and restaurant concept called The Piano Works has been developed by serial restaurateur Alan Lorrimer, and will launch off Farringdon Road in early July. It is inspired by music hall traditions, and wil have two pianists and other musicians to play songs requested by customers. It is a 400-capacity venue.

Redcomb Pubs has acquired the Cherry Tree pub by East Dulwich station. It has taken it on a free-of-tie lease from Wellington Pub Co and will open after a £400,000 refurb. The deal was completed by Davis Coffer Lyons.