Frontier Pubs, the joint venture between Food & Fuel and Enterprise Inns, will launch its first site in London’s Honor Oak in September, MCA has learnt.
Two mores sites will follow in October and November – both in London – with a similar pipeline planned for 2017.
Commercial director and co-founder of Food & Fuel Peter Myers told MCA that the model for Frontier would be craft beer-led with the complementary food offer still being worked on.
He said the partnership gave Food & Fuel the opportunity to go into areas that would not normally fit for a gastro pub.
He said the group was also hopefully of adding another two sites to its currently 12-strong estate in the next year and would look at potential gastro pubs or café bars.
Myers said Food & Fuel had reluctantly given up its Maggie’s site in Ealing in April after being unable to renew the lease.
He said the group had the financial firepower to expand and there were no plans to add to the original pool of investors.
He said: “The relationship with Enterprise opens up a lot of opportunities to us and so far it’s working very well. It gives us the chance to look at areas that wouldn’t be right for our gastro pub offer.”
He said recent trading had been strong with good like-for-like sales across both food and drink. He said craft beer sales had been particularly strong, to the detriment of traditional beer brands, while fresh juices had also sold well.