Loungers’ Cosy Club bar and restaurant opened in Nottingham on Wednesday (29 January). It is a three-floor operation on Victoria Street and is one of Cosy Club’s biggest openings so far.

Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish brand is set to secure approval for plans to open on the seafront at Sidmouth, local media report. It plans to restore a historic building on the Esplanade in the town that has been empty for several years. Rockfish has eight other restaurants in Brixham, Dartmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Plymouth, Poole, Torquay and Weymouth.

The D&D London group has lined up a restaurant opening at the top of a new 24-floor office tower on Colmore Row in Birmingham. It will also operate a café and cocktail bar on the ground floor of the building. D&D London meanwhile says it will open Quakers Friars at Cabot Circus in Bristol in late spring. It is at work on a unit previously occupied by Brasserie Blanc, where it will run a restaurant, bars, private dining area and terrace.

Wagamama founder Alan Yau has just opened Mozzasando, a Milan-style katsu sando bar, on Draycott Avenue in Chelsea. It is specializing in high quality mozzarella and sandos, and is a partnership with Obica, which used to operate on Draycott Avenue.

Five Guys plans to open on Jubilee Street in Brighton, in a unit previously occupied by Carluccio’s, local media report. It would be a second restaurant in the town for the brand.

French rotisserie-style restaurant concept Cocotte will open a third London site in Parsons Green in March. The 50-cover restaurant will join Cocotte’s branches in Notting Hill and Hoxton Square.

Six By Nico, the concept from chef Nico Simeone that offers a tasting menu of six dishes that changes every six weeks, is to open its first in London restaurant on Charlotte Street in the spring. It joins Six By Nico operations in Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool.

Upmarket Kilburn chicken wing and bar concept Wingmans is opening a second restaurant in Soho—though the exact location has yet to be confirmed.

Fried chicken, waffle and bar operation Bird opened this week on Electric Avenue in Brixton. It is a fifth venue for Bird, alongside Camden, Canary Wharf, Islington and Westfield Stratford, and the brand says it has several more launches lined up for 2020.

The team behind Copper Chimney in Westfield London has opened a second restaurant on Baker Street called Tamarind Tiger. It offers takeaways and has a small sit-in area too.

The Derby Brewing Co will open a first micro-pub in Mickleover in the next few weeks. The Hole in the Wall pub will occupy a former bank building in the town. Derby Brewing Co runs four other venues in and around Derby.

Chuku’s, a Nigerian small plates concept that has previously operated as a pop-up in London, is opening a first permanent site in Seven Sisters in Tottenham in late February.

Burger and cocktail concept Bobo Social is opening at the Elephant Park development in Elephant & Castle in the next few weeks. It is a relocation for the restaurant after leaving a unit on Charlotte Street in London.

France-based sushi and Asian concept Sushi Fabrique is launching into the UK by taking on the former YO! Sushi restaurant on Tottenham Court Road. The 2,000 square feet restaurant opens in the next few weeks.

Fast casual Chinese concept Oodles is opening in Bury as it continues a rapid rollout around the country.

Sheffield-based cafe and bar concept Marmadukes has signed a deal for a second unit at Charter Square. The 1,500 square foot joins the original Marmadukes on Chester Row.

That’s Thai, a Thai restaurant in the Strangeways area of Manchester, has just opened a second restaurant in Oldham.

     

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