Restaurant chain steps up its roll-out plans with four new sites

Restaurant chain Loungers is accelerating its roll-out plans with the opening of four new sites.

The four sites have opened since the Bristol firm announced its landmark 200th Lounge opening on in September.

The three new Lounge sites are Alfredo Lounge (part of the former Eve & Ranshaw department store) in Louth, Lincolnshire, Bordo Lounge (formerly a Top Shop) in Carlisle, and Muro Lounge (formerly an Argos) in Hexham.

The Cosy Club in Oxford brings Loungers to the city for the first time and is the Group’s 36th Cosy Club.

Like all Lounges, the new sites will be a home-from-home for their customers, offering great, freshly cooked food and drink all day, with a real focus on making a positive impact on the local community.

Each new Lounge creates 30 new jobs on average, with each opening typically representing an investment of up to £1m into the local high street.

The Oxford Cosy Club is located in the Cheng Yu Tung building – formerly Northgate House – which was opened by Jesus College last year.

The interior combines elements of the arts and crafts movement and Victoriana, with nods to Biba-esq styling from the Swinging Sixties.

It includes 100 statement light fittings, 206 rolls of wallpaper and plumes of ostrich feathers as part of the furnishings, and has two private dining rooms, ‘The Treasury’ and ‘The Mulberry Suite’.

Nick Collins, chief execiutive of Loungers, said: “Our accelerated site roll-out plan remains firmly on track, and we’re delighted with the four new sites that we’ve opened in the last few weeks. It’s particularly pleasing to be increasing our presence in the North through the openings in Carlisle and Hexham, and we see significant potential for more sites in both the North West and the North East.

“It’s also great to be finally opening a Cosy Club in Oxford. It’s a city that’s been on our list for quite some time and we’ve been really pleased with trade in its first few weeks. Our ambitions for Oxford don’t end there and, in time, we see scope for bringing at least four new Lounge sites to the suburbs of the city.”

Loungers recently said that there is scope for at least 600 Lounges across the UK, and also announced that it intends to open 34 new sites across its three brands in the current financial year alone.