Marco Pierre White, the high-profile chef, is to expand his Frankie's Bar & Grill restaurant chain, with the launch of a new site in Exter, the first outside London. The chef, who first launched the Italian casual dining concept in Knightsbridge in 2004 together with jockey Frankie Detorri, will open the new restaurant at Exeter Airport's Hampton by Hilton Hotel. The 85-seat venue, which is due to open in the second half of 2011, will serve a menu including pizzas, pastas, seafood and steaks. It will be the fourth Frankie's outlet after sites in Knightsbridge, Chiswick and at Stamford Bridge in London. A site in Putney has now closed. White commented: "There is a clear appetite for affordable, quality Italian food and that is exactly what I will bring to Exeter. Frankie's Bar and Grill is a dining experience for all the family to gather in relaxed surroundings and enjoy simple food, cooked perfectly." The 160-bed, Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Exeter International Airport will be owned by Blackstone, and operated by Sanguine Hospitality, which has already opened a number of sites with White, including a Steakhouse Bar and Grill, at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

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