New openings round-up

Bistrot Pierre has just opened at the Oyster Wharf development in Mumbles on Swansea Bay. It is the brand’s fourth coastal restaurant, joining others in Weston-super-Mare, Plymouth and Torquay. Co-owner Rob Beacham said: “As we continue to grow our offering, coastal towns have proved to be some of the most successful openings in the group. Our latest bistrot in Mumbles has been long-awaited as part of the Oyster Wharf development, and I’m proud to see this fantastic restaurant open its doors in time for summer trading.”

German beer hall style concept Original Bierkeller will open a second site in Lincoln next Thursday (8 June). It has taken on a pub formerly occupied by JD Wetherspoon on Silver Street in the town, and will have capacity for 300 people. The first Original Bierkeller is in Sheffield.

SOHO Coffee Co has opened its first two London stores of 2017—on Baker Street and at the O2 centre on Finchley Road. They are the 38th and 39th stores for the company, and take its total in the capital to four. The other London outlets are in St Paul's and the Strand. SOHO plans to open 11 new sites in 2017, and has already launched in Cheltenham and Birmingham this year. The O2 centre is the first venue to carry the new SOHO kids range. Managing director Penny Manuel said: “Openings in London are a recent undertaking for the brand, but ones which are outperforming expectations and targets.”

The Gusto brand will open on Little Stonegate in York in July. It is refitting a 4,000 square feet venue with 120 covers.

Hollywood Bowl has relaunched its Bowlplex venue in Portsmouth with a new diner and bar as well as fresh bowling set-up after a £750,000 refurb. It is the fifth rebranding of a Bowlplex location after Hollywood Bowl bought the operator last year.

The D&D London group has set 21 June for the opening of Issho, its new Asian restaurant at the Victoria Gate development in Leeds. It will have 230 covers across a bar, restaurant and terrace.

Manchester-based Indian street food concept Tiffin Room has applied for permission to open in Park Row in Leeds. The brand already has two restaurants on First Street in Manchester and Cheadle.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has opened at the Lockmeadow complex in Maidstone in Kent. The 3,100 square feet restaurant joins brands including Frankie & Benny’s, Harry’s Kitchen and Burger King at Lockmeadow.

Marston’s will open its new-build pub in Skegness in July, local media report. It is called the Twelve Oars and is part of a retail park that will open in phases in the following months.

Wagamama last week opened its first restaurant in Italy—at the Oriocentre shopping centre in Bergamo in Lombardy.

Taiwanese restaurant and bar concept Xu has just opened on Rupert Street in London’s Chinatown. The 2,500 square feet venue with 74 covers has been developed by the team behind Bao in Soho and Fitzrovia. It has been brought to the area by Shaftesbury, whose portfolio and group restaurant strategy executive Julia Wilkinson said: “We are elated XU has opened its debut site in Chinatown, London, and joined our diverse mix of restaurants. The concept’s Taiwanese origins presented as a modern dining experience reflect our curation of Chinatown London to create a destination that embraces East Asia traditions alongside modern culture.”

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill is opening at the new Hotel Indigo in Cardiff in July.

Stonegate Pub Company has reopened the Tally Ho pub in Finchley, formerly operated by JD Wetherspoon.

Mitchells & Butlers has produced plans for the opening of an All Bar One at the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen. The scheme will open in the autumn.

Domino’s has launched in Leek in Staffordshire. It is the latest of five Domino’s locations that offer restaurant as well as takeaway facilities.