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Just Falafel just opened in London’s Covent Garden!

Lunchtime today saw the exciting launch of our client Just Falafel’s first UK restaurant at 1 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London.

Situated in one of the most prominent sites in Covent Garden, with frontages to Monmouth Street, Neal Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The premises comprise a ground floor area of some 350 sq ft, with a similar sized basement area.

Just Falafel have exciting plans for the UK, with this being the first of many openings during 2013. February will see the opening of the next Just Falafel in Hammersmith (Broadway Centre), and Charing Cross Road due to open in March.

We are currently in solicitor’s hands on premises in the West End and Croydon, as well as several other sites under negotiation for franchisees in London, Cambridge, Exeter and Ireland.

As retained advisers to Just Falafel, we  are looking to secure more A3 or A5 sites in high footfall locations, ranging from 450-1,000 sq ft.

Please get in touch with Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with any interesting ideas by calling us on 020 7009 0480.

London Calling – Just Falafel Opening soon, Covent Garden

Additional locations in London and across the UK being secured


Dubai-based Just Falafel, one of the Middle East’s most dynamic emerging restaurant brands, launches in London with its flagship store opening in Monmouth St, Covent Garden in November 2012.

Advised by property specialists Lewis Craig and Strutt & Parker,  Just Falafel are keen to bring their regional phenomenon with global aspirations to the UK market, aiming to deliver unique flavours ranging from Indian to Mexican, alongside Just Falafel’s biggest seller, the “Original,” a traditional Middle Eastern wrap.

Just Falafel’s London operation has its own central kitchen to satisfy demand for its hand-crafted falafels, and private tastings can be arranged for all serious franchisers.  Co-founder Fadi Malas, an entrepreneur with family ties to England as well as Beirut, believes the UK is ready for Just Falafel and the company plans to roll out 200 stores over the next 5 years.

“Factors such as visibility of Emirates and Etihad Airlines in the UK and the allure of Dubai as a holiday destination has increased the affinity between these two markets, and as a homegrown success story from the UAE, Just Falafel aims to be the quick service restaurant of choice across the UK,” Malas concluded.

Currently, Just Falafel is in discussions with potential franchise partners to open multiple outlets across London and UK-wide, with stores opening in Cambridge and Exeter during 2013. Falafel’s popularity is on the rise globally, and research from the UK shows that it could be a serious contender to replace curry as the nation’s favourite food.

Theo Benedyk, Head of Agency at Lewis Craig comments, “We are extremely pleased to have now secured Just Falafel’s first UK restaurant in Covent Garden, and are well underway to securing several further sites in 2012. Just Falafel is an exciting brand with a proven track record, being one of the fastest growing food chains in the Middle East”.

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