New openings: More pubs for Young's, Moonshine and Craft Beer Co
2 May, 2012
Young’s has unveiled a major refurbishment of The Shaftesbury on Kew Road in Richmond, previously the Shaftesbury Arms, as part of a continuing upgrading of its London pubs. Firmdale, Craft Beer Co, Loungers, Cosmo, Moonshine and Livelyhood are among others with openings news this week.
A new classic design to the interior of The Shaftesbury has been backed by a revamped garden area and new menu with a focus on seasonal British food. Young’s will refurbish more of its pubs over the year.
The Craft Beer Co is to open its second outlet in Brighton. The real ale focused concept (pictured), which launched to acclaim in Clerkenwell last summer, has taken on The Florist pub on the town’s Upper North Street. A third Craft Beer Co site is expected to follow soon.
Firmdale Hotels will open its latest project, a major refurbishment of The Dorset Square Hotel in Marylebone, on 18 June. The hotel will feature the brasserie-style Potting Shed bar and restaurant, open all day from breakfast to dinner. Firmdale operates many of London’s most successful venues, including the Soho, Covent Garden and Charlotte Street hotels.
All-you-can-eat buffet concept Cosmo is to open a new site in Belfast. The 10,000 square feet site will launch in late summer, becoming Cosmo’s 15th UK venue.
Fast-growing café and bar group Loungers will open eight new sites this year, including a launch in Sutton Coldfield later this month. The plans come as the company opens its 20th Lounge on Church Road in Hove called Modelo Lounge. It has also identified a new site in Liverpool.
The Moonshine Bars group has acquired the Rose pub in Fulham from Hugh Corbett, Slug & Lettuce founder and owner of Larrik Inns, in a deal brokered by Davis Coffer Lyons. Moonshine, which is run by former Puzzle Pub Company owners Tom and Robbie Gill, will refurbish and open later this year. It wants to open more bar and restaurant units in the capital.
Sports Bar & Grill has acquired The Mortimer Arms pub on Tottenham Court Road. It plans to rename the pub the Mortimer Belle Public House and Hotel from 2013—its first move into the pub-with-rooms format. The deal through Davis Coffer Lyons was for a Spirit tied lease. More pub-hotels could follow.
Pub group Livelyhood has picks up its sixth pub site—the former Billabong Bar in Wimbledon. The pub will reopen as the Old Frizzle in June. Livelyhood runs restaurants and a gourmet baked potato concept as well as its pubs.
Woody Grill, the Lebanese concept, has taken on the So Asia restaurant on Acton High Street. It becomes the third site for Woody Grill, adding to restaurants in Kilburn and Uxbridge.
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