Peach Report

New openings: Prezzo moves into stations; Byron heads out of London

21 March, 2012

Casual Italian chain Prezzo has opened its first railway station branch at the new development at Kings Cross in London.

The £600,000 refurb also marks another first for Prezzo—its first takeaway offer in addition to an 80-cover sit-in area. The takeaway options, targeted at commuters and longer distance rail travellers, will include flatbread pizzas, pasta dishes and salads. Prezzo joins operators including Café Rouge in adding a takeaway element to its offer at railway-based branches.

The fast-growing Byron burger chain is to open its first restaurant beyond the capital with a launch at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. The 4,000 square feet unit will join brands including Cote, Loch Fyne, Carluccio’s, Pizza Express and Zizzi when it opens in late spring. Byron managing director Tom Byng said: “The move out of London is a bold but logical step for Byron, and Bluewater is the perfect place to begin.” Byron has 19 restaurants in London, with more openings lined up for Camden, Greenwich and Waterloo.

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