Kuckoo, the rock ‘n’ roll and cocktail bar concept, is looking to open more sites across the North of England and Scotland, with a target to reach 10-15 overall, MCA has learnt.
Founder and owner Richard Powell said the soon-to-be four-strong group, which serve clasic cocktails to an indie rock soundtrack, was looking at Manchester, Leeds, York, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh, sites within two hours of the original Preston base.
The group, which also has a sister concept Beachcomber tiki bar next to the Preston Kuckoo, recently opened its largest site yet in Sheffield, with a fourth coming in Knutsford.
Powell said after bedding in with the two latest additions, he would look for the next Kuckoo site, with a plan to open one a two a year, and growth funded through profits and bonds issued to family and friends.
He said: “We have designed the concept to fit in with the area. We try and evolve each bar in each location.
“In Sheffield we are getting 1,500 on a Saturday night, whereas Knutsford will be a much smaller, intimate and interactive experience.
“With each new site we want to prove the concept works in a different location.”
On his overall growth ambitions, he added: “How far we can go all depends on how we build the structure as we grow. As long as we keep to our values of opening the best bar in the city, I don’t think there’s a limit - though I don’t want to open more than one or two a year.
“I think 10-15 is a reasonable target. I don’t want to go into 20 or 30, because they can get a bit soulless and unloved, the attention to detail isn’t there. I’d hate someone to go into a Kuckoo in Newcastle and say, this is crap compared to Preston.”