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Cosmo expands into the East Midlands

26 | 03 | 13

Pan Asian restaurant chain Cosmo is expanding into the East Midlands with a new venue in Derby.

The company already runs 12 outlets throughout the UK, including restaurants in Aberdeen, Belfast, London and Swansea.

New catering equipment will be required for the site in Derby, which will see the former Gaumont Cinema converted into a 330-cover restaurant in a £1 million project, BigHospitality reports.

It is expected to open in April and will create 50 jobs for local people in the city. Cosmo's group operations director Kan Koo said the company chose to invest in Derby because it felt the city is "going places".

"In particular we were drawn to the building and could see its potential at the outset. We believe our investment in the building will return it to its former glory and hope that it will once again have a place in people's hearts," Mr Koo commented.

The site has received a 'no-expense-spared' refit, which includes soft seating, marble surfaces, natural stone counters and a rippling wood ceiling. Customers will be able to browse 60 meters of kitchen equipment including grills, hot plates and chilled cabinets.

Another restaurant company that is set to expand is the Bristol Thali Company, which will open its latest outlet this week.

The 140-cover eatery in the Southville area of Bristol will be the company's biggest site to date. It currently operates four other venues in the city, all of which are between 70 and 80 covers.

Jim Prizer, one of the founding directors of the business, told BigHospitality the company may expand outside of Bristol if the new site proves a success. He said he would like to see the chain grow to up to ten outlets, while retaining its bespoke character.

The Bristol Thali Company was originally founded as an event caterer for Glastonbury Festival. It opened its first permanent restaurant in north Bristol in 2001. The new venue will focus primarily on south Indian cuisine.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801562366-ADNFCR

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