Archive for the ‘Restaurant’ Category

A slice of New York from NY Fold

07/07/2015 by Theo Benedyk

Bringing authentic New York style pizza to London, NY Fold, represented by retained advisers Lewis Craig, have opened their first restaurant at 103 Charing Cross Road, between Soho and Covent Garden.

NY Fold is located in the section of Charing Cross Road between Tottenham Court Road Station and Cambridge Circus, with the double-fronted restaurant offering ground floor space of some 1200 sq ft, plus ancillary basement.

The story of NY Fold is simple, Annabel and Annabel Wheeler, New Yorkers living in London missed their New York daily slice of pizza so much that they decided to do something about it. So in the summer of July 2013, the approach was made to Bruno DiFabio, being the natural partner for the new venture with his vast experience and legendary celebrity status in the Pizza and food industry.

Bruno, owner of 10 artisan pizzerias across the US, along with six World Pizza Championship titles and TV appearances from Access Hollywood to Food Network’s Chopped, is excited about the NY Fold project and feels the timing is perfect to come into London.

Bruno comments:

We are delighted with the location secured for our first NY Fold and are grateful for the input and support received right the way through from the team at Lewis Craig. This is absolutely the right time to further develop the brand, initially focusing on securing key London locations, then in due course looking to major cities across the UK.

We are now ready to start looking at the next locations for NY Fold so get in touch with Richard Grossman at Lewis Craig with any interesting opportunities or to generally discuss our further expansion plans”.

Come in and experience our award winning, incredible tasting, obsessively authentic New York style pizza – hopefully you’ll agree it’s the best pizza this side of the pond!

For further information on NY Fold’s London expansion plans, please contact Richard Grossman at Lewis Craig.

NY Fold is located at:

103 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0DT

Lewis Craig 2015 Property Chef Runners Up

22/06/2015 by Theo Benedyk

Our would be chefs, Ben Pistol and Theo Benedyk, narrowly missed out on victory at the DCL and Estates Gazette’s 17th annual cooking competition, held at Covent Garden’s Flesh & Buns restaurant. Having seen off competition from the leisure industry’s finest, our boys went head to head with Colliers Leisure team, in the final cook-off, making Flesh & Buns signature salmon teriyaki dish.

The contest put the teams through their paces in three heats – cocktail making, cooking and a quiz. A great time was had by all and although our best ever finish in this competition, a thorough review is yet to be held back at Wigmore Street to ensure that Lewis Craig take home top honours next year!

Link to Estate Gazette’s video

Yasmeen restaurant opens in St John’s Wood!

22/06/2015 by Theo Benedyk

We are delighted to advise that Yasmeen are now open at 1 Blenheim Terrace, St John’s Wood.

Lewis Craig acted on the sale of the former Italian restaurant to Yasmeen, who are a high quality Lebanese restaurant. Yasmeen have undertaken a complete refurbishment of the entire space, including their fantastic raised outside terrace overlooking the beautiful suburb of St John’s Wood.

We wish the entire team every success, and look forward to sampling the delicacies!

For any information relating to this sale, please contact Theo Benedyk.



Nando’s at MK1 Leisure Park

15/06/2015 by Theo Benedyk

Nando’s, have opened their fifth restaurant in Milton Keynes. The unit, comprising some 4,000 sq ft, is located at MK1 the new fashion and leisure park located alongside the Milton Keynes Dons stadium. Lewis Craig represented Nando’s in the acquisition process.

MK 1 has an impressive line-up, with occupiers on the leisure side including Pizza Express, TGI Friday’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo and Chimichanga as well as a state of the art 11 screen Odeon Cinema. The fashion element of the development houses brands including Marks & Spencer, Primark, River Island, H&M and Outfit.

The MK1 development adds to existing operators established in and around MK Stadium, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, with IKEA and an Asda Supercentre located closeby.

With MK Dons enjoying success and shortly to make their debut in the Championship (second tier of English Football) for the 2015-16 season, crowd attendances are set to increase, which has to be good news for Nando’s! In addtion, October should be a good month with the stadium hosting several Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.

For further information on the transaction please contact Richard Grossman.

INITO In To Spitalfields

15/06/2015 by Theo Benedyk

Acting on behalf of Malletti Pizzeria, Lewis Craig have successfully disposed of the lease at 31 Bell Lane E1, being part of the Prodigy-Living Spitalfields development, to Indian urban street food operator INITO.

A high level of interest was received for the premises from a wide range of restaurant operators both niche and established names. INITO bring further cuisine diversity to the development, complementing existing operators Pizza Union and Japanese Canteen.

Prodigy-Living Spitalfields, originally known as Nido Spitalfields, is located a short walk from Liverpool Street Station and houses 33 floors of student living accommodation.

Malleti are now actively seeking a new location within The City/Spitalfields for a smaller Grab & Go concept. Please contact Ben Pistol should you have any opportunities.


Coffee Republic appoint Lewis Craig

09/01/2015 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig have been appointed by Coffee Republic to assist their growing number of UK franchisees in securing new sites.

Coffee Republic currently operate 4 Company Bars, including Bluewater Shopping Centre, with 16 UK franchises, including Marble Arch and Wood Green, with a further 4 franchises opening by Mid Feb 2015, and the franchise division is on target for a minimum of 20 plus new franchises, by the end of 2015.

In addition to operating in the UK, Coffee Republic have a growing international presence, with 19 Bars operated by Master Franchisees in South Africa, Jordan, Kuwait, Vilnius International Airport Lithuania (opened in September 2014) Pakistan (Lahore and Islamabad opened in 2013), Romania and Lanzarote Airport in the Canary Islands (opened in August 2014), Qatar (in the prestigious Pearl Development in Doha opened in December 2014), and the latest International Bar due to open in Oman in February, with discussions underway with several other prospective international master licence operators.

Richard Shakespeare, Head of Franchise comments:

“These are exciting times for us, with a growing number of high calibre multi-site franchisees and we are delighted to have Lewis Craig working with us as part of the team assisting in the expansion of our brand, since re-launching the franchise in June 2009 to great success, we are now experiencing the biggest period of growth for the company since the new owners took over in 2009”.

The ideal High Street store size is 1200/1500 sq ft, with corner aspects of particular interest and high footfall locations being of paramount importance.

For information on specific location requirements please contact Ben Pistol or Richard Grossman

We Grill now open at Leadenhall Market

09/01/2015 by Theo Benedyk

It’s great to see We Grill now open and we are certain that this exciting new food concept will be a massive success.

We Grill offers a unique selection of healthy skewers, original seasoned side dishes and homemade soups, made from the best ingredients and all cooked fresh daily. Combining healthy with tasty and local with seasonal, the menu will be constantly evolving to satisfy a food savvy customer base.

Leadenhall Market, one of the main shopping destinations in the City of London, offers a unique variety of interesting retail brands and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes from fine dining, to traditional pubs to speciality food on the go.

As retained property advisers to We Grill, Lewis Craig acted on the premises acquisition and are now actively seeking to secure a second location.

Tarek Yafi, founder and owner of We Grill comments:

“From vision to reality, We Grill is now up and running in the perfect location in the heart of the City of London. All of this has been achieved with the valued input and support received from the team at Lewis Craig. We have exciting plans and will be looking to open a second restaurant later this year, with the idea by 2020 to have 8/10 outlets in key locations throughout London supported by a modern state-of-the-art central production facility.”

Contact Richard Grossman or Ben Pistol for information on We Grills expansion plans.


Pure Taste’s London Opening

27/11/2014 by Ben Pistol

Having represented Pure Taste on the acquisition of their new restaurant  premises at 115 Westbourne Grove London W2, Lewis Craig wish every success to founder Holly Redman and her business partner Adib Bamieh.

Pure Taste is the Uk’s first Palaeolithic and specialist “free- from” restaurant offering a unique fine-dining experience for those following specialist diets and those becoming increasingly interested in healthy great tasting food.

Holly Redman, the founder and driving forces behind the venture is a nutritional therapist, chef and chemistry graduate. Holly initially set up Pure Taste as a  pop-up event in a 50 cover fine dining restaurant in Haywards Heath and enjoyed considerable  success, resulting in the project being taken to the next level to establish a permanent  home for Pure Taste.

With healthy eating on the tip of everyone’s tongue’s and a new diet fad being spoken about on a weekly basis, Pure Taste looks to take things back to basics packed with protein from meat and eggs as well as vitamins and minerals from vegetables, nuts, seeds and oils. Through the creative use of alternative ingredients, Pure Taste aims to put free-from food firmly on the culinary map.

Regarding the acquisition of the new premises, Holly says,

“ We have really enjoyed working with Ben and the team at Lewis Craig, who have skilfully steered us through the entire premises acquisition process, from site search to negotiations and  working closely with our solicitor through to legal formalities being concluded.  Having really understood our needs, their contacts and market knowledge have been invaluable and we are looking forward to building on our close relationship and working together in the future”.

Pure Taste, 115 Westbourne Grove Bayswater, London W2 4UP



L’Osteria Ready for UK Expansion

13/10/2014 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig are delighted to be representing L’Osteria with their UK expansion plans. L’Osteria is a reasonably priced casual dining experience serving exceptional pizza and pasta.

The plan is to establish the first restaurant in Central London offering 5,500/7,500 sq ft, ideally providing for 150/200 covers along with a bar area. Future expansion will be in major cities and university towns across the UK.

L’Osteria is a well established brand in mainland Europe, opening their first restaurant in 1999 and currently operating 45 restaurants across Germany and Austria.

L’Osteria will be owned and operated by L’Osteria UK (a joint venture between Prashant ‘Pru’ Naik and L’Osteria Austria). Managing Director and owner, Pru Naik, brings to L’Osteria’s management team over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry.

Pru has successfully led businesses ranging from logistics to multi-unit restaurants. Until recently, Mr. Naik owned and operated 25 McDonald’s restaurants in Central and West London, making him the largest McDonalds UK franchisee.

Please click here for the property requirement flyer, and do get in touch with Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman to discuss further.

NY Fold – Pizza like it oughta be

10/07/2014 by Theo Benedyk

With 10 restaurants in the New York area, our client Bruno DiFabio is coming to London with NY Fold, an exciting new brand designed for the UK. Bruno has vast pizza and food industry experience and legendary celebrity status in the USA.

Lewis Craig acting as retained property advisers, have been given the brief to secure premises suitable for the first restaurant to open ideally in the next 3 to 4 months, with exciting plans to grow the brand during 2015/2016.

Born out of the old school genuine love and art of pizza making , the hallmark feature is the tossing of the tough, with NY Fold being all about theatre, performance and showmanship. Original New York pizza characteristics are a full-bodied crust with a bread-like consistency and extremely flavourful.

Areas under consideration include Spitalfields, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, London Bridge, Soho, Camden, Clapham, Putney and similar profile locations. The space will ideally comprise 1500/2500 sq ft, although smaller opportunities considered in higher footfall locations.

Please speak to Richard Grossman with any interesting ideas.