Archive for the ‘Restaurant’ Category

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.

Indian Gastronomy comes to Weybridge

10/07/2014 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig acquires Shiraz Ali’s latest restaurant at No.7 Temple Market, in Weybridge, Surrey. Lewis Craig negotiated a new sublease from the former tenant Gondola group.

Shiraz has taken the Indian restaurant scene in Surrey by storm, having already operated Addlestone’s Mystica restaurant for several years. No.7 opened at the end of June, and has already received tremendous praise for their Indian gastronomy.

Since early April 2014, Shiraz and his team have been designing something rather special for Weybridge, we are delighted they have now opened for business, and we wish them every success.

Shiraz Ali comments, “Theo Benedyk and the team at Lewis Craig were highly instrumental in assisting us acquire and negotiate the terms of the lease on our new restaurant. We were impressed with the level of professionalism and bespoke service offered to us.”

Just Falafel continue to falafuel the UK!

27/01/2014 by Theo Benedyk

With over 40 restaurants trading Globally, our client Just Falafel is right on track in keeping with the trend of more and more people on the move looking for a healthy alternative to fast food.

Just Falafel have exciting plans for the UK, with 2013 alone seeing the opening of their first six UK restaurants. The sixth opened  in December 2013 at 7 Fulham Broadway (see below). Comprising approximately 700 sq ft at ground floor with a similar sized basement, in an excellent location adjacent to a shortly to open Wholefoods, and close to Fulham Broadway Station.

The seventh restaurant opened last week at 104/106 South Street, Romford. Several  further locations are currently under  negotiation, please click here for Just Falafel’s Property Requirements flyer.

Please contact Theo Benedyk at Lewis Craig for further information.

Just Falafel on track with expansion plans

28/10/2013 by Theo Benedyk

The UK’s 6th Just Falafel will open in December 2013 at 7 Fulham Broadway, London SW6. Located alongside the new Whole Foods store, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.

This new Just Falafel restaurant will comprise just over 1,400 sq ft arranged over ground and basement floors. It will feature Just Falafel’s latest designs, in keeping with their Authentic Inspired Eating ethos.

Additional A3 and/or A5 sites from 650-2,000 sq ft are now required in prominent locations, offering strong footfall with an all-day offer, in major cities and university towns in UK and Ireland.

Latest property requirement PDF

Opportunities considered in high density office districts, shopping areas, leisure venues, transport hubs and zones containing complementary food offerings.

Contact Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with opportunities or for further information.


We Grill on target to open early 2014

30/09/2013 by Theo Benedyk

We Grill is an exciting new fast casual restaurant operation developed by our client Tarek Yafi. The offer is a unique selection of very healthy marinated seared skewers, original seasonal side dishes, newly developed salads and homemade soups, in a comfortable, modern, sophisticated and vibrant environment. The core customer is the 20-50 year old professional seeking a healthy tasty reasonably priced meal whether at lunchtime or in the evening.

With the first site lined up and scheduled to open in a high profile City location in early 2014, we are now keen to look at opportunities for the next one, with locations of interest including Marylebone, Soho, Covent Garden and Canary Wharf.  The plan is to establish eight We Grill restaurants over the next 5 years, in key locations throughout the capital, then to take the operation throughout London and into 3 major UK cities.

Contact Richard Grossman or Ben Pistol with opportunities or for further information.

Burger King open in Skegness

23/09/2013 by Ben Pistol

Our Burger King franchisee client CPL Foods Ltd, have recently opened at the ‘The Hildreds Shopping Centre’ in Skegness. The restaurant fronts the main High Street, Lumley Road and sits at the entrance of the scheme between H Samuel and Burton.

The premises, previously occupied by Frankie & Benny’s, comprise a double fronted restaurant, offering an overall area of approximately 4,800 sq ft, over ground and first floors. Lewis Craig acted for CPL Foods Ltd in the negotiating process.

Lamen Reddy, Operations Director of CPL Foods Ltd says: “We are very happy to bring a Burger King restaurant to Skegness and are overwhelmed by the support and feel very encouraged by the buzz being created from the local community.”

CPL Foods Ltd operate several other Burger Kings and are now seeking further sites, with 25 required over the next 5 years throughout the UK. The Skegness Burger King is a perfect example of the type of High Street location required, in addition to requirements for shopping centre food-courts and drive-thru opportunities.

Please speak to Ben Pistol or Richard Grossman for further information in relation to this clients requirements.

Quality Investment Acquired in Hoxton

27/06/2013 by Theo Benedyk

We have recently acquired an interesting investment in the centre of Hoxton, London N1 on behalf of Arinpath Ltd as part of the replacement of their Soho holding, which was acquired by Crossrail for the Tottenham Court Road station redevelopment.

The attraction of this investment is that it is a restaurant in the heart of fashionable Shoreditch – a fantastic lunch and evening destination with a strong night club provision. The surrounding area being a mixture of residential and commercial, known for housing fashionable residential, advertising and media companies with nearby Old Street fast becoming the epicentre of the UK’s internet-related industry.

The property comprises a 5 storey building, with the restaurant element being on ground and lower ground floors, and the upper three floors comprising three residential apartments.

The restaurant has recently undergone substantial refurbishment and now trades under the Rossopomodoro brand, a successful chain of international Italian restaurants with over 80 locations around the world, 6 of which are in London.

The price paid reflects a net initial yield of circa 6.5%.

Lewis Craig have been acting on behalf of Arinpath Ltd for over 25 years and will be managing this quality investment. We are actively seeking to acquire similar opportunities. For further information on our investment client requirements, please speak with Jeffrey Craig.

Just Falafel rolls into London

27/06/2013 by Theo Benedyk

A great start to 2013 for our client Just Falafel, with five sites now completed, three are now trading, in Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street, Baker Street and at The Broadway Centre in Hammersmith.

The next Just Falafel locations are Charing Cross Road and Croydon, currently under fit-out, will be opening shortly. We continue to seek further A3 or A5 opportunities in key Central London thoroughfares and locations close to underground and mainline stations, as well as starting to looking further afield to major cities.

Just Falafel, the vegetarian fast-food restaurant, launched in the UAE in 2007, has franchised across Qatar, Lebanon, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Covent Garden site was the first Just Falafel to open in Europe.

Fadi Malas, the CEO, who has been crowned by Gulf Capital SME Awards as the “Arab Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2012, commented that the business aims to establish 200 more branches in the UK over the next five years.

Richard Grossman comments – “in our line of work we see a lot of new food operations, but few excite us as much as Just Falafel which we feel will be a great addition to the UK restaurant landscape, with an innovative offering, superb branding and significant franchisee interest”.

As retained advisers to Just Falafel, we are looking for A3 or A5 sites offering from 750 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft in high footfall locations throughout London and major UK cities. We are particularly keen to secure sites within or alongside transport terminals.

Please contact Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with opportunities.