Richard Bigg, the bar entrepreneur, is set to open his second outlet under the fledgling Camino bar-restaurant brand this summer. Bigg’s Loupe Group has secured a 4,000sq ft venue in London’s Westferry Circus near Canary Wharf, next to the Gaucho grill and Royal China restaurants, which the group hopes to open in June – two years after launching the Camino format at Kings Cross. The new venue is on the site of a former NewYork-style bar called Lower East. It will feature 60 covers with up to 40 more seats outside. Bigg told M&C Report that the group would like to open one more Camino this year and secure further outlets in 2011. “Our ultimate goal would be to open 10 or 12,” he said. “We’re delighted to have secured this site, and to be trading next to Royal China and Gaucho in what we think is a great location.” The securing of a second Camino comes after a period of reshaping at Loupe Group – the company has exited its London music venue Cargo, disposed of the majority of its stake in the Big Chill music festival and recently sold its Market Place bar just north of Oxford Street. Bigg said the group intended to focus on the rollout of Camino, supplemented by selective bar openings – it currently operates three Big Chill bars, in Brick Lane, Kings Cross and Bristol. It recently unveiled a sherry bar opposite Camino at Kings Cross.

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