The Thai Leisure Group is to launch a new brand called Thaikhun Street Bar in Liverpool ONE in October. It is a sister brand for the group’s Chaophraya and Thaikhun concepts, and will be modelled on Thailand’s urban street food operators. It will have a bar as well as a food menu, with frozen cocktails and ice cream smoothies as well as beers and spirits. Group founder Kim Kaewkraikhot said: “As the first project of its kind, the brand-new bar concept is very exciting for us all… Liverpool ONE’s wide range of bars and dining experiences is one of the most comprehensive and compelling in the UK, which made it an easy decision for us to open our very first Thaikhun Street Bar there.”
Bombay café-style operator Dishoom has confirmed long-awaited plans for an opening in Manchester in the winter. It will launch inside Manchester Hall on Bridge Street in the city, alongside the Masons Restaurant and Bar. Dishoom launched its first restaurant outside London in Edinburgh last year, and also has five sites in the capital.
MeatLiquor will shortly open its latest restaurant on Northcote Road in Clapham. It will be the brand’s twelfth location and will be situated next to Franco Manca on Northcote Road.
Darwin & Wallace has signed a deal with St George to open a seventh neighbourhood bar at the Dickens Yard development in Ealing. Brands including Tonkotsu and Gail’s Bakery have already agreed openings there. Darwin & Wallace managing director Mel Marriott said: “Finding this superbly located, standalone building within the Dickens Yard development has given us the most amazing blank canvas on which to layer our own interpretation of what a modern pub can be.
The Little Kolkata supper club operation will open a permanent restaurant on Shelton Street in Covent Garden next week. The concept started with supper clubs in the founders’ flat and moved on to dinner events in London Bridge.
The Revolution Bars Group opens its latest new Revolution bar and restaurant on Mitchell Street in Glasgow on Friday (31 August).
The M Restaurants group has confirmed plans for a fourth site at the Newfoundland development in Canary Wharf. It is scheduled to open in 2020 and will incorporate a cocktail bar, wine store, tasting room and private members’ lounge as well as a restaurant and grill, becoming M Restaurants’ new flagship. Its other sites are on Threadneedle Street, Victoria Street and in Twickenham.
BrewDog has set out its plans for openings in the remainder of 2018—including in Canary Wharf and Perth in October, Brixton in November and Carlisle, Inverurie, Peterhead and University Green in Manchester before the end of the year. It also has plans for bars in Edinburgh airport, Hull and Dalston.
Steakhouse and grill brand Middletons will open in Chelmsford in November. It will be an eighth location for the group, which also operates in Peterborough, Watford, King’s Lynn, Colchester, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Norwich.
The Ivy restaurant group has set 25 September for the opening of its new brasserie at the Victoria Quarter arcade in Leeds. It will have 240 covers over two floors and will open from breakfast through to dinner seven days a week.
TRG Concessions has opened a new venue at London Luton Airport called Hawker Bar. The 3,200 square feet bar has premium beers, spirits, wines and cocktails, plus an all-day food menu.
Artisan pizza brand Proove has just opened a second, 170-cover branch in Sheffield at Centertainment near the Meadowhall centre. Proove also operates in the Broomhill area of Sheffield and has a third site in West Didsbury near Manchester.
The team behind the El Gato Negro tapas concept in Manchester is opening a second restaurant in the city: Canto in the Ancoats area. It will be a Portuguese restaurant and will launch on 20 September.
The team behind the Westerns Laundry and Primeur restaurants are opening a third location in mid-September: Jolene in Newington Green. It will be an all-day offer with an emphasis on sustainability and will incorporate a bakery as well as restaurant.
Stonegate Pub Company will open a first central London branch of its late-night Popworld brand on Watling Street in the City on 7 September. Stonegate is also taking the brand to venues in Norwich, Leeds, Bolton, Hartlepool and Morecambe before the end of the year, having just opened a branch in Manchester.