Jack & Alice, the fledgling wine bar, pantry concept led by former Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) retail director Mark Hall, has come under the umbrella of Splendid Restaurants, the sister company of Splendid Hospitality Group that currently owns 19 hotels across the UK, M&C understands.

M&C understands that Splendid will support the continued expansion of Jack & Alice, which recently opened its first site in Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire. A second site is set to open in Tring next month, Hertfordshire.

Hall is also involved in other brand developments with Splendid Restaurants, part of Splendid Hospitality Group, of which Nadeem Boghani is group vice-chairman and a director of Jack & Alice.

Hall founded the concept with his wife Vanessa, the former M&B executive, who recently stepped down as chief executive of YO! Sushi. Jack & Alice is a wine bar and pantry with an element of retail too. It is open throughout the day and evening, from morning coffee and breakfast to wine, cheese and meats.

Jake Attridge, former retail business manager at M&B, currently oversees the day-top day operations of Jack & Alice, which offers all-day dining of cereals, smoothies and pastries for breakfast, toasties and salads for lunch and cheese and meat boards for the evening.

The concept carried out an eight-week trial of a ‘pop-in’ on Fitzrovia’s Foley Street last summer.

Attridge told M&C’s sister title BigHospitality last year that he and Hall saw a gap in the market for the pantry dining brand and saw roll-out potential for it both in hospitality and retail.

Splendid plans to open over 25 restaurants here under a number of brands over the next 10 years, M&C understands.

It is thought that the company is looking to bring further brands into the UK, including new chicken format Absurd Bird.