MCA rounds-up the biggest openings stories of the week, featuring The Wolseley City, JD Wetherspoon, The Real Greek and more

The Wolseley City, King William Street

The Wolseley City

The Wolseley Hospitality Group has announced that it will open its second Wolseley location, on King William Street, this autumn.

Coming 20 years after the original location in London’s Piccadilly, the new City restaurant will be presented as a sister concept to the original and not a replica.

The new site will be much larger, with two private dining rooms and three bar areas. The decor found at The Wolseley City will draw inspiration from the original distinguished architecture of 160 Piccadilly, designed in 1921 by William Curtis Green.

It will highlight Byzantine chandeliers, Baroque ironwork, and intricate 1920’s Egyptian touches. A reimagination of the well-recognised vaulted ceiling and grand pillars of Green’s design will also be a focal point, alongside a tribute to the familiar ‘horseshoe’ entrance.

The menus will feature a number of Wolseley favourites, such as schnitzels, soufflé Suisse and steak tartare, with other dishes to be created specifically for the City site.

JD Wetherspoon, The O2

The Stargazer at The O2

JD Wetherspoon opened its latest site at London’s The O2 earlier this week, following a £2.9m investment.

Named ‘The Stargazer’ the new 8,000 sq ft Wetherspoon pub is located within The O2’s Entertainment District, adjacent to Mamma Mia! The Party and features a 3,800 sq ft beer garden, with views across the Thames and Canary Wharf.

Paying homage to its North Greenwich home, the pub’s name and design reflects the area’s strong association with astronomy and navigation, complete with historical photography, a bespoke carpet, sculptures, artwork and lighting features inspired by orbiting stars, planets, astrologer equipment and astronomers, all of which are woven together by the use of copper material to represent the rays from the solar system.

Bar + Block, Birmingham

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Whitbread is to open its latest Bar + Block restaurant in Birmingham, on 27 March.

It will be the 21st site for the steakhouse concept and its second in the city. The site is located on the ground floor within phase two of the landmark Exchange Square residential development in the heart of the city.

The new 6,000 sq. ft restaurant will have the capacity for 170 covers inside, with an additional 48 covers outside, and adjoins a 235-bed Premier Inn hotel.

The menus will follow Bar + Block’s all-day trading format with signature steaks, burgers, salads, grills and sharing plates. Exclusive to Birmingham, there will also be a signature Chock a Block cocktail, a sweet mix of Absolut Vanilia Vodka, Baileys Choc Luxe, salted caramel syrup and toffee sauce, inspired by the nearby Cadbury’s World.

The Real Greek, Silverburn shopping centre - Scotland

The Real Greek Silverburn

The Real Greek will open the doors of its second location in Scotland today (24 March), at shopping and leisure destination Silverburn.

Its first opening of the year, the brand said the Glasgow opening underscored its robust expansion plans, following openings last year in Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle, Solihull and Leicester.

The 160-cover site will be the first Greek restaurant in the centre and will also offer a click and collect service.

El Mexicana, Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Quays 1

Mexican eatery El Mexicana is to open a new site at outlet shopping and dining destination Gloucester Quays.

The business has taken a 600 sq ft unit adjacent to The Real Greek, with the new site to open in the coming months.

The menu will consist of Mexican favourites, from burritos to quesadillas and nachos to sweet treats such as freshly made churros.

Burger & Sauce, Birmingham

Burger & Sauce Bearwood Road

Franchise business Burger & Sauce has opened a new location on Bearwood Road in Birmingham.

Burger & Sauce now has restaurants in ten locations including: The Bull Ring, Castle Vale, Alum Rock, Kings Heath, Walsall, Nottingham, Derby, West Bromwich, Leicester and Sutton Coldfield, with plans to bring the brand to more customers in the Midlands.

Burnt Ends, Harrods


Singapore-based barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends is to open a second site, in the UK, this summer, in Harrods.

Founded by chef-owner Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends will join other chefs including Tom Kerridge and Jason Atherton at the Knightsbridge department store.

The Michelin-starred restaurant is know for its open kitchen that features a custom-built four tonne oven and four elevation grills with dishes cooked over wood.