Comptoir Libanais, the Lebanese chain, which floated earlier this year, has announced six new sites will open over the next three months, including three new regional locations and its first inside a department store.
As previously flagged up by MCA, the company will open a 398sqm, 94-cover site inn Soho’s Poland Street on the former YO! Sushi site (opening mid-September) and a 177sqm site on Gloucester Road, Kensington (in November).
Comptoir Libanais’ first in-store restaurant will also open its doors in John Lewis’s flagship Oxford Street shop, in October - located on the fourth floor next to the Baby and Child department.
Outside of the capital, the brand’s first branches in the South West will open in Exeter in late September and Bath in October.
The 242sqm Exeter site will be in the new Queen Street dining quarter, offering 180 covers across three internal and external spaces.
The 170-cover Bath restaurant will be part of the new Little Southgate food quarter in the city centre. A third regional opening in Leeds (in November) will cater for 120 covers in the established Trinity Leeds shopping centre.
Chaker Hanna, chief executive of Comptoir Libanais said: ““We are delighted to be rolling out six new sites with even more planned for next year. We’ve seen a real increase in demand for the fresh, nutritious and affordable food we offer so are excited to showcase the best of Lebanese cuisine to new local communities, businesses and families. We look forward to opening our doors to lots of mezze-lovers!”
The company is also set to open a further site under its Shawa brand on the ex-YO! Sushi site in London’s Haymarket.