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Restaurant openings and expansions this week

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We take a look at some of the headlines regarding upcoming restaurants and expanding brands that may be of interest to those in the industry.

Mark Hix to expand chicken and steak concept

Mark Hix is opening a new restaurant in Devonshire Square, London under his 'chicken and steak' concept.

Located on the former site of Sushinho, the new restaurant - which does not have a name yet - will offer a menu focusing primarily on chicken and steak dishes. Diners can choose a whole swainson house farm roasted chicken - shared between two or three people - for £25 with chips. Glenarm steaks are available in 250g or 500g for £20 and £40 respectively, while a one kg porterhouse will cost £69. Four 250g ribs are also available and all steaks come with chips.

The development will hope to follow on from the success of his previous restaurant at Tramshed, Shoreditch which opened 16 months ago. His new location has a 5,000 sq ft area that will cater for 100 people.

Hix's business partner Ratnesh Bagdai said: "Whilst we will continue to seek further city locations I very much look forward to this pre-Christmas Devonshire Square project."

Le Bistrot Pierre to double locations in four years

Le Bistrot Pierre has announced it will double its outlets as part of a multi-million pound expansion over the coming four years.

It currently has ten locations - with an 11th Cardiff restaurant launching in November - and has already acquired buildings in Birmingham and Torquay while searching for possible sites in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Taunton and Bristol. A Plymouth location was opened in Easter.

Joint founder of Le Bistrot Pierre Robert Beacham said: "We have spent years creating a restaurant brand that is firmly focused on great value French dining and good food. We are very proud that this combination has proved to be the right mix and that it has enabled us to get to where we are now."

The new businesses will mark steady expansion and success for the chain, which is 19 years old.

Comptoir Libanais to up expansion

Comptoir Libanais has acquired a new location in Chelsea to expand its brand.

This news comes after it announced plans to open up a 3,132 sq ft restaurant in Bluewater in September and a 1,800 sq ft development at Gatwick's North Terminal.

Its most recent expansion will be a 2,000 sq ft business in Duke of York Square, Chelsea, according to BigHospitality. The space comes from Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL) on behalf of developer Cadogan - which is trying to bring more food and drink names into the area.

DCL's director of London estate and development leasing Tracey Mills said: "Comptoir Libanais is a quality operation and highlights the direction they are taking the scheme. This is the first of a number of new names we are working to attract and we hope to be able to confirm further lettings in the near future."

The chain now has three restaurants in the works with its Bluewater business - opening in time for Christmas - remaining its only foray outside of London.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801645874-ADNFCR

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