Restaurant chain reveals plans for 600 strong empire across the UK

Bristol  based restaurant chain Loungers has opened its 250 venue in the UK.

Loungers, which operates under the Lounge, Cosy Club and Brightside brands, has opened its latest branch in Rochdale.

The opening comes as the group continues to accelerate its site opening programme across the UK. The company has revealed it is looking to open 350 more branches across the UK.

Since Loungers’ interim results on 28 November 2023, the group has opened new Lounges in Cramlington, Penrith, Paignton, Caerphilly and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Further openings scheduled in the coming months include Lounges in Bromsgrove, Chepstow, Westwood Cross, Macclesfield, Bracknell, Ilkley, Sidcup and Yeovil, with sites ranging from brand new developments to former banks, retail outlets and restaurants.

Alex Reilley is the co-founder of the Lounge and Cosy Club group

Alex Reilley, Chairman and co-founder of Loungers, said: “The opening of our 250th site is a hugely satisfying landmark for a business that started in 2002 in Bristol with a single cafe-bar called The Lounge.

“A lot has changed since then but our commitment to providing our customers with excellent food and drink all day, while doing everything that we can to make a positive impact on the local community, has never wavered.

“In many ways, it feels like we are only just getting started and there is so much more for us to go after. We’re on track to open 34 sites in the current financial year, which will be a record for us and will involve the creation of over 1,000 new jobs. In the longer term, we believe there is scope for over 600 Lounges alone across the UK.

“None of this would be possible without the extraordinary talent, hard work and dedication of our people, and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their contribution to building the business that Loungers is today.”