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Fri 29th Nov 2019 - Propel Friday News Briefing

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Wagamama builds delivery kitchens pipeline: Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned brand, is building a pipeline of delivery kitchens as it looks to learn about and optimise the model, Propel has learned. The company, which launched a debut site for its grab-and-go concept Mamago in Fenchurch Street, central London, on Tuesday (26 November), opened its first delivery kitchen – in Hackney during the summer. The site is believed to have traded well, which has given the company confidence to build a small pipeline of kitchens. The first opened this week in Bow, east London, while another is due to open in Leeds early next year for the brand’s first kitchen outside the capital. Propel also understands the company is close to exchanging on a further site for a delivery kitchen in the capital. Wagamama launched into the delivery kitchen market last year when it took space at Deliveroo Editions in Battersea, south London. Highlighting the growing importance of a delivery strategy, Wagamama reported its first £1m week of delivery sales during the second quarter of its current financial year. A number of operators are believed to be exploring the delivery/dark kitchen space at present, including Nando’s and Tortilla. Last month McDonald’s opened its first UK dark kitchen. The site in Hanworth, west London, isn’t attached to a restaurant and is used to prepare food to meet the growing appetite for McDonald’s deliveries through apps such as UberEats. Wagamama spent the past year developing and designing Mamago, which was inspired by travels across Japan. The debut outlet opened following extensive customer feedback with no plans to open a second site until the “offer is right”. The site is open from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, serving “grab-and-go food with an Asian twist”.

Industry News:

Propel Premium subscribers to receive Phil Eeles video in final of exclusive series on how to succeed in the casual dining market: Propel Premium subscribers will receive their final video on Friday (29 November) as part of a series in which some of the sector’s top casual dining operators talk about their progress in the current challenging market. The videos feature a wide spectrum of company leaders and entrepreneurs talking about the strategies they have put in place to make sure their businesses have been able to survive, thrive, evolve or pivot. The latest video features Phil Eeles, co-founder of Honest Burgers, who talks about how the business has avoided getting caught up in the wider issues the burger category faces and how it has built its culture while bringing experience across its management team. The video will be sent at 3pm. Propel Premium subscribers also receive their morning newsletter 11 hours early, at 7pm the evening before our 6am send-out, discounts to attend Propel conferences and events, and regular columns from Propel insights editor Mark Wingett. Subscribers also receive access to our database of multi-site companies, which has grown to 1,500 businesses. An annual premium subscription costs £345 plus VAT for operators and £445 plus VAT for suppliers – plus £50 each for additional team members. Email anne.steele@propelinfo.com

Coffee operators move to meet consumer quest for sustainability: The majority of coffee operators are moving to meet the consumer quest for sustainability, according to new research. Almost four-fifths (79%) of the 500 coffee professionals surveyed last month have removed plastic straws and almost three-fifths (59%) have eliminated single-use plastic cutlery, according to the report by Brita Professional. Almost all (97%) believe sustainability credentials are important to their customers, with sustainability (48%) only behind customer satisfaction (70%) when it comes to top priorities for their business. The main sustainable initiatives coffee operators would like suppliers to focus on are reducing packaging (79%), sourcing sustainable food (52%), and building machines that last (51%). Almost one-quarter (23%) think emphasis should be placed on disposal of tea and coffee grounds. Brita UK managing director Sarah Taylor said: “Sustainability in the coffee sector isn’t a new concept, the industry as a whole is dedicated to creating a sustainable supply chain – from beans to the coffee served. What’s new is the significant shift in consumer expectations and awareness of the climate crisis. Once viewed as a ‘nice to have’, putting the environment before profit is now expected and this goes beyond the likes of recycling packaging and removing single-use plastic straws.” 

Scottish business rates amendment will ‘hit hospitality hardest’: The Scottish Parliament’s vote to give councils the power to set business rates levels will “hit hospitality hardest”, UKHospitality has said. Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “Business rates are already a scourge for high-street businesses across Scotland, directly leading to business closures and the erosion of communities. Any increases will hit Scotland’s pubs, hotels and restaurants the hardest. Devolving powers to local authorities, which are desperate for any extra tax revenue, is wrong-headed and will inevitably lead to higher costs for businesses. The intention of the Barclay Review was to make the system fairer and more consistent. This amendment flies in the face of those objectives. Scottish Parliamentarians should be looking at ways to support business as a creator of jobs through cutting punitive business rates rather than saddling them with even more cost and complexity.” 

OAPA distributes winter warmth kits to London’s homeless: Industry-led charity Only A Pavement Away (OAPA) has been distributing “winter warmth” kits to rough sleepers in London. With temperatures set to plummet this weekend, volunteers from pub companies and restaurant groups handed out blankets, sleeping bags, coats, gloves, socks, flasks and tea bags in OAPA-branded waterproof backpacks. OAPA founder and chief executive Greg Mangham said: “I am overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We set up various collection points across London to accept blankets, coats and other items of clothing and were inundated with donations. We also had hordes of people from across the hospitality industry give up their morning to pack the goodies and hand them out.”

Last call for Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase: Time is running out for companies to get involved in the Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase. Now in its fourth year, the event attracts hundreds of MPs as they meet apprentices and employers in the House of Commons during National Apprenticeship Week as the industry looks to government to recognise the skills and careers offered throughout the licensed leisure sector. Keith Knowles, chairman of Perceptions Group, the nationwide pubs and careers programme, said: “It is hugely important our industry continues to educate government on the vast range of career opportunities open to those from all walks of life. It’s not only the front and back-of-house hospitality roles, we employ marketers, finance specialists, engineers, HR professionals, brewers, technicians and property teams, among many others. At a time when high streets around the country are suffering, hospitality is still investing in job creation and business development.” The showcase will take place on Tuesday, 4 February, from 12.30pm to 2.45pm, at the House of Commons. Companies interested in attending should email maureenheffernan@leisurepr.co.uk

BBPA publishes new cost benchmarking data for tenants and lessees: The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published the latest edition of its operating cost guide for tenants and lessees. The data is aimed at helping those wishing to take on a tenanted or leased pub to be as informed as possible about the costs involved. The guide shows the average cost of running a leased and tenanted pub over a range of models based on turnover and business types. As well as providing average costs, the guide includes the minimum and maximum operating costs. A BBPA spokeswoman said: “Whether you already run a pub or are thinking of taking one on, this new report includes essential information on the current costs involved in running a pub and can be downloaded free from our website.”

Company News:

Jamie Oliver reveals hopes to start afresh: Jamie Oliver will reveal his hopes to start afresh following the collapse of his restaurant empire in an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which will air on BBC One on Friday (29 November) at 10.35pm, the Daily Mail reports. During the interview he tells Norton: “It was 13 years of hard work and Fifteen was my baby but I ran out of money, ran out of everything and it was really tough – but you have to crack on and try to get yourself together. I’ve had the best of it – I don’t know anyone who had it better than me – and I’ve had the worst of it. That’s life – you have to focus it to a positive.” Oliver’s UK restaurant group went into administration in May, with more than 20 restaurants closing and 1,000 jobs lost. Internationally, however, his brands have continued to flourish. Asked whether he plans to open more restaurants in the UK, Oliver tells Norton: “Absolutely, I’ll think about it, but not until after Brexit and the high street has sorted itself out. If you run a business in this country there has been no good news for anybody for five years. It has been tough and there’s a lot of mess to sort out.”

Fatburger places debut UK site on the market: US better burger brand Fatburger has placed its debut UK site in Camden, north London, on the market, Propel has learned. Launched in Jamestown Road in 2015, the site was meant to be the first of 20 the company planned to open in the UK. Restaurant Property is understood to be marketing the Camden site, which has a rent of £125,000 per annum. A second north London site followed in Wembley, while earlier this year the brand opened its first site in Scotland, in Dundee. The venue was launched as a franchise by FB Scotland after it signed a deal to open three co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express restaurants in the country in the next five years. Fatburger, led by Andy Wiederhorn, operates more than 50 sites outside North America, with venues in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. The company was founded in 1952 and has more than 150 stores in the US and Canada.

Leon’s Leeds site first to offer digital ordering: Natural fast food brand Leon will launch its first site featuring a digital ordering system, in Leeds on Monday (2 December). The opening on the concourse of Leeds train station in conjunction with SSP will be the brand’s 74th site in total. Leon property director Adam Blaker told Leeds Live: “Our first Leeds opening lands in December, joining an already vibrant food scene in the city. Fans have been requesting a Leon in Leeds through our social media for such a long time, we’re glad we can finally fulfil this with the first-ever digital Leon. The digital ordering system will make it easier for everyone to get their favourites as quickly as possible without missing a train.” Earlier this year Propel reported Leon had up to 20 restaurants planned for its current financial year – more than half of them overseas. The brand recently launched London sites in Bishopsgate and Wimbledon, with a further opening secured for Southbank Place.

Windsor & Eton Brewery to operate first pub: Windsor & Eton Brewery is set to open its first pub after securing a site in Surrey, Propel understands. The company, which was founded by Will Calvert nine years ago, is understood to be reopening The Rose & Olive Branch in Virginia Water early next year after securing the site’s leasehold. The venture is set to have 40 covers inside and 60 more in its outside dining area and garden. It is thought Savills acted on the deal.

Fortnum & Mason reports sales up 14% at 45 Jermyn Street as it nears double figures for restaurant portfolio: Fortnum & Mason, the London department store that has expanded to operate branches in travel hubs such as St Pancras and Heathrow, has reported sales up 14% year-on-year at its destination restaurant 45 Jermyn Street in St James’s. Following the launch of a flagship branch in Hong Kong next month and last year’s takeover of restaurants at The Royal Exchange in the City of London, Fortnum will operate ten restaurants in total by the end of 2019. The announcement came as the company reported a seventh successive year of double-digit sales growth for the 12 months to 14 July 2019. Sales across the business increased 12% to £138m, with profits increasing 26%. Like-for-like sales at the flagship store in Piccadilly showed a 6% increase, while online sales rose 13% year-on-year. Sales at Fortnum’s St Pancras International site increased 15%, while the company has continued to drive growth overseas particularly in Hong Kong and Japan, where sales increased 16% and 28% respectively. Fortnum & Mason chief executive Ewan Venters said: “I am delighted that before Christmas we will be trading from our first standalone store in Asia as we open a shop and restaurant in Hong Kong. We believe the particular brand of festive cheer Fortnum’s strives to deliver will be a welcome relief in these uncertain times.” Chairman Kate Hobhouse added: “We are a traditional British business with a truly global outlook and I’m proud appetite for our brand is increasing around the world.”

High-end theatre-style restaurant Studio 5ive to launch in Wembley Park next week featuring live shows: A high-end standalone restaurant is to open next week at the new 2,000-capacity Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in north London. The restaurant will open on Wednesday (4 December) featuring an open kitchen and cocktail and wine bar only a short walk from Wembley Park station. Open to residents as well as theatre-goers, the 106-cover restaurant will feature a stage at its centre for cabaret, music and comedy acts throughout the week. The venue will feature wooden chair and blue velvet banquette seating, while the wine list will focus on British sparkling wine. Signature dishes on the modern-British menu will include beef cheek with roast carrots, dripping toast and beef liquor; baby chicken; and classic desserts such as Eton mess and fudge sundae. Studio 5ive will also offer Sunday roast served “family style”. The launch is part of the wider regeneration of Wembley Park, while Brent will be the UK’s Borough of Culture 2020.

Boom Bap Burger secures first bricks and mortar site: Boom Bap Burger, the concept founded by Steve Bagatti and Anthony Gaughan, has secured its first bricks and mortar site, in Bethnal Green, east London. The site in Paradise Row has about 70 covers, measures 1,300 square feet, and comes with a lease on assignment that runs until 2024. Boom Bap Burger, whose tagline is “flippin’ meats, droppin’ beats”, serves burgers made from grass-fed Scottish beef that has been aged on the bone for 28 days. It also offers speciality cocktails to a backdrop of hip-hop, soul, funk and live music. The brand currently operates a site at Tooting Market. Boom Bap Burger director of operations Brendan Sharkey said: “We had our eye on this spot for a while. We love the area – it’s vibrant with a great neighbourhood feel. It’s a nestled spot just off the main road with a great outside space alongside Mother Kelly and Sager & Wilde. We’re looking to carry on serving our signature cocktails and burgers to the backdrop of our soundtrack. It will be a little more grown up – but not too much!” Restaurant Property brokered the deal.

Former Soho House director to launch Somerset restaurant, bakery and wine shop in January: Former Soho House director Ben Crofton and wife Vanessa are to launch their restaurant, bakery and wine shop in Somerset early next year. The Croftons will launch 28 Market Place in Somerton on Friday, 3 January celebrating the West Country and offering a modern European menu alongside bread and pastries made in-house daily. The adjoining wine shop will offer up to 100 wines not on the main list to drink in or take away. Great British Menu finalist Dan Fletcher, former head chef of Michelin-starred The Square in Mayfair and Fenchurch at Sky Garden, will lead menu and chef development at the venue. His menu will include dishes such as fallow deer with beetroot, red cabbage and preserved blackcurrants, while 28 Market Place will also offer sharing roasts on Sundays. Alba Lage, formerly of Soho Farmhouse, will manage the bakery. Housed in a collection of grade II-listed 17th century and 18th century buildings, original window frames, flagstones and staircases have been retained. Guests will enter the 26-cover restaurant via an entrance room with a bar, while the covered courtyard will seat another 28 diners. The bakery will provide 18 covers, with space for eight in the wine shop. Ben Crofton said: “Opening our own concept has been a dream of mine and Vanessa’s since we met. It has been a labour of love bringing the old buildings back to life and establishing a team we’re proud of.” Ben Crofton was director of Soho House’s Babington House and Soho Farmhouse and met Vanessa while they were working on the launch of Gordon Ramsay at The London in Hollywood. She also worked at Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza. 

Daisy Green Collection reveals more about second City of London site, opening next month: Australia-inspired restaurant, bar and coffee group Daisy Green Collection is to open its second site in the City of London, next month. The ten-strong, Prue Freeman-led company will launch Barbie Green at London Wall Place offering all-day brunch and, unique to Daisy Green Collection, fire-baked, Roman-style, thin-crust pizza. The venue will offer seating for 40 inside, a large terrace for 100 standing and will sit within the remains of St Alphage church and a section of the original City of London wall that dates to the 2nd century. Fully retractable windows will open on to more than an acre of gardens. Barbie Green will combine “relaxed, light Australian design with cutting-edge art” including four “Barbican meets Bondi” pieces and colourful artwork by Grazie, Shuby and Paul Robinson. Freeman said: “After a record year of trading we’re delighted to round out 2019 with a stunning new site in the City, taking us back to 2012 where we started selling our coffee outside The Gherkin. Our uniquely Australian all-day offering is continuing to defy the well-documented challenges facing the hospitality industry as Londoners discover, embrace and support their local Daisy Green cafe.” As previously reported by Propel the business will follow Barbie Green by opening its largest site to date, on the rooftop of the Brunel Building at Paddington Exchange. Freeman founded the company with husband Tom Onions in 2012. Last year the business raised more than £2m on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as part of plans to grow to 17 sites by 2022. 

Lincolnshire Brewing Company goes on the market: Lincolnshire Brewing Company has been put up for sale along with the business’ only pub. The company, founded by Claire and Karl Brown in 2014, is being marketed by agent Sidney Phillips off an asking price of £225,000. Also on offer is the freehold of The George, which is in the Lincolnshire village of Langworth where the brewery is also located. The freehold interest of The George is available off a guide price of £350,000. The brewery is also available to be purchased alongside the pub for a combined price of £575,000. The George currently operates limited hours as a predominantly wet-led business. Zaine Lamont, of Sidney Phillips, who is handling the sale, said: “The George offers a great opportunity to create a destination food-led venue.”

Taiwanese tea cafe brand Bubble CiTea opens fifth site, in Brighton: Taiwanese tea cafe brand Bubble CiTea has opened its fifth site, in Brighton. The store has launched on the lower ground floor of Churchill Square Shopping Centre. The concept specialises in Taiwanese bubble tea – flavoured drinks consisting of a tea base, sugar, and popping juice ball “bubbles” made from tapioca. Bubble CiTea chief executive Sunny Sachdeva told The Argus: “We import everything from Taiwan and make the tea fresh every day using jasmine and black tea. All our teas are high in antioxidants and are gluten-free. We use milk in some of our drinks but customers can choose soya milk or any vegan options. We chose to open our fifth store in Brighton as it is one of the most multicultural and inclusive cities.” Churchill Square centre director Mark Buchanan-Smith added: “Bubble CiTea has been successful in a number of shopping centres in the UK since starting out in 2012. I’m in no doubt its bubble tea will be just as successful in Brighton.” Bubble CiTea’s other sites are in Basingstoke, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Uxbridge.

Angela Hartnett opens third Cafe Murano site, in Bermondsey: Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett has opened a third site under her Cafe Murano brand, in Bermondsey, south east London. In June, Propel revealed Hartnett would open at the site in Bermondsey Street formerly occupied by restaurant Zucca. The 110-cover Cafe Murano features a 14-cover private dining room, open kitchen and counter seating. Hartnett said: “We had been looking to open a new Cafe Murano for some time and we’re excited to launch at this site – Zucca was a restaurant I loved visiting. Adam Jay heads up the kitchen. He has worked with me for more than eight years and was head chef at St James’s. James Cardy has also joined us from St James’s to run Bermondsey’s front-of-house team.” Hartnett is chef proprietor of Michelin-starred restaurant Murano, which she opened in Mayfair in 2008. She opened the first “little sister” Cafe Murano in November 2013 serving “simple and seasonal” Italian food at a site in St James’s Street formerly run by her mentor, Gordon Ramsay. A second Cafe Murano opened in Covent Garden in June 2015 next to Hartnett’s pasta factory, wine shop and deli Pastificio. Zucca was run by former River Café chef Sam Harris. It opened in 2010 and served a “progressive interpretation” of traditional Italian food.

Ei Group rolls out water-saving initiative across managed estate: Ei Group is rolling out a new initiative expected to save 80 million litres of water per year in toilets across its managed estate. A new partnership with specialist PHS will see technology fitted in pub toilets across the Ei Managed Operations portfolio, significantly cutting the number of hygiene flushes required. Other Ei Group sustainability moves include installing free electric-vehicle charging points at its Pub Support Centre and select managed sites and a cooking oil recycling scheme with Booker. Paul Harbottle, group commercial director at Ei Group, said: “Reducing water usage in our pub washrooms is a fantastic step forward environmentally and will achieve significant savings financially too.” 

HS2 spells doom for pub made famous by UB40: A Birmingham pub made famous by reggae band UB40 has announced it will close to make way for the HS2 high-speed railway line. The Eagle & Tun in Digbeth was the setting for the group’s video for 1983 chart-topping song Red Red Wine but will now be demolished as part of a compulsory purchase order. The pub overlooks building work at Curzon Street Station, where HS2 will terminate. Earlier this year Ed Sheeran used the pub to shoot a video with grime artists MC Jaykae and Aitch. However, the pub is set to close on Saturday, 4 January. A spokesman told Birmingham Live: “Everyone knows the music links to UB40 and the famous Red Red Wine video. Then Ed Sheeran visited us in August. The pub has become a magnet for famous musicians and to see it close will be heartbreaking. Every night until we close will be like a party.”

Greene King partners with Licensed Trade Charity to support publicans: Greene King Pub Partners has partnered with the Licensed Trade Charity to spread awareness of the advice and support available. The pub company is enclosing the charity’s details in its induction packs for new licensees and sharing information with existing partners via its in-house magazine and weekly communication channels. The Licensed Trade Charity runs a round-the-clock helpline to advise and support those in the licensed trade and offers them six free telephone counselling sessions. In 2018, the charity helped more than 13,000 people and gave away almost £1.1m in grants. Greene King Pub Partners managing director Wayne Shurvinton, who will take part in the charity’s Pedalling for Pubs initiative next year, said: “Running a pub is a passion for many but it can also be a challenge. The Licensed Trade Charity is there to help with everything from coping with bereavement and relationship difficulties to dealing with stress and loneliness.” 

Sri Lankan concept Paradise launches at former Spuntino site in Soho: Paradise, a contemporary Sri Lankan casual dining concept, has opened at the former Spuntino site in Rupert Street, Soho. The concept is the brainchild of entrepreneur Dom Fernando and chef Charith Priyadarshena, a former sous chef at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The menu features curries for sharing, including a slow-cooked venison curry, and a large plant-based selection with influences from southern India, North Africa, Malaysia, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the UK. The drinks list features cocktails and wine with a focus on small biodynamic and organic growers. Interiors have been designed to create an “intimate, warm, yet raw space inspired by the chic bistros in Colombo and Galle”. Paradise also features a retail area selling produce and ingredients. Paradise has taken a new 16-year A3 lease for the 1,195 square foot restaurant across the ground floor and basement at an annual rent of £200,000. Louie Gazdar, of agent Davis Coffer Lyons, which marketed the site on behalf of landlord Hallmark Estates, said: “Sri Lankan cuisine has shot up the radar on the London food scene following the success of restaurants such as Hoppers and was named BBC Food’s hottest trend of 2019. I’m sure Paradise will further diversify the type of Sri Lankan food on offer.” Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, who are also behind Polpo, announced in March they would relocate Spuntino after agreeing to return the lease.

Shepherd Neame puts one of UK’s first entirely vegan pubs on the market as menu fails to attract locals: Kent-based brewer and retailer Shepherd Neame has put one of the first entirely vegan pubs in the UK on the market after its meat-free menu failed to prove popular with locals. Tom Boughton and Jo Brookman had been offering dishes such as vegan burgers and hotdogs, “battered tofish” and “soyball marinara” at The Monument in Canterbury for the past two and a half years. The couple said they had created a “magical vegan enterprise” but have handed in their notice to Shepherd Neame following a “quiet summer”. A Shepherd Neame spokesman told Yahoo News: “The Monument in Canterbury is closed and will reopen in December under a temporary agreement. After careful consideration, the brewery has decided the pub will go on sale in January and be sold as a going concern. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly but the pub doesn’t fit with our current business strategy.” Shepherd Neame operates more than 320 pubs in London and the south east.

Plans submitted to turn former House of Fraser store in Hull into food hall: Plans have been submitted to turn a building in Hull that formerly housed a House of Fraser department store into a food hall featuring 20 independent food and drinks traders. The application from Artisan Food Hall Hull and building owner Hammonds of Hull proposes communal tables and food stalls in what was once the ground floor of the department store. The food hall would also extend into surrounding streets to offer a “Continental-style experience”, creating 120 jobs. Eann Smith, of Artisan Food Hall Hull, told The Business Desk: “We want to create a really exciting space for the city and bring new visitors into Hull as well as improving the offering for residents.” A Hammonds of Hull spokesman added: “We believe it will create a real buzz around the city as an excellent example of a landlord and tenant partnership. We’re committed to the revival of the building and that commitment extends throughout the city as we look to welcome as many local producers as possible.” There has been a department store on the site since 1916.

Edinburgh-based restaurateur opens second Bangladeshi eatery in the city: Edinburgh-based Masum Uddin, who operates Vinyasa, winner of the 2018 Bangladesh restaurant of the year category at the Scottish Asian Food Awards, has opened a second site in the city. Uddin has launched The Cove in Hillhouse Road, Blackhall. The menu at the 48-cover restaurant includes traditional north Indian dishes alongside Bangladeshi cuisine. There is also a vegan menu and a takeaway and delivery service. The walls of The Cove are adorned with 2,000 specially cut bricks imported from Istanbul, while a chandelier has been shipped from China. Meanwhile, the bar has been built using translucent onyx marble quarried in Pakistan. Uddin told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It has taken us quite a few months to get the place the way we want it. Blackhall is a thriving community in Edinburgh and it was important for me to try to establish a restaurant they could be proud of. We don’t plan to rely on a busy passing trade but instead our focus will be on catering for people who live in the area.”

Nobu to open Chicago hotel in the spring: Nobu, the group founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, is to open its long-awaited Chicago hotel in the spring. The venue will launch in the West Loop neighbourhood, which is home to Restaurant Row. The hotel will include a 1,000 square foot restaurant and rooftop bar. Nobu Hotel Chicago will offer 115 bedrooms and suites, while the rooftop bar will feature a sushi lounge. Another eatery – The Sushi Room – will be below the restaurant’s mezzanine level, while the hotel will also feature a spa and gym.

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