D&D London, the restaurant group led by Des Gunewardena, is to launch two new restaurants next spring in the Old Bengal Warehouse near Bishopsgate. The 10,000 sq ft development in the City will include two restaurants, bars and a specialist wine shop. One of the restaurants is to be a steak/chophouse and the second a fish restaurant. Both venues will have extensive outdoor seating within the building’s beautifully walled courtyards. The wine shop will specialise in wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy and be available for wine tastings as well as private dinners. Des Gunewardena, chairman and chief executive of D&D London, said: “This is an exceptional building with a fascinating history. It is the first of the spice warehouses to be built by the East India Company in the City. With the upper parts of the building now successfully developed as luxury apartments, we are very excited to be doing our bit to bring the ground floor and courtyard spaces to life. "We are planning to open restaurants serving hearty meat and fish accompanied by excellent wines from our shop, places we think the founders of the East India Company would have enjoyed frequenting.” The group, which has 32 restaurants in London, Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Tokyo, is set to launched a 100-cover cafe at the Royal Exchange in the City to compliment its existing restaurant at the venue – Restaurant Sauterelle and Royal Exchange Grand Café. It is also set to launch two restaurants at the £350m Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure development, at a reported cost of more than £3m. The move, which is D&D’s first venture outside of London, will see the restaurants open in spring 2013 at the Land Securities development, occupying 12,000 square feet on the two upper floors of a new building adjacent to the main retail complex. The group, formerly known as Conran Restaurants, is also developing a £50m hotel in Moorgate in the City of London as part of plans to return to the sector with the launch of a small chain of boutique hotels. The 80-room luxury hotel at South Place will feature a bar and grill on the ground floor and a rooftop restaurant and bar on the seventh floor, with the opening scheduled for 2012.