So this latest edition of Coming Soon (see editions one, two, three and four) is also a list of places that opened but I was too busy moving house and pretend to have a life to tell you about them. Here are a few more soon to open and at the bottom are a few ones that you might have missed, as well as a goodbye to an old favourite…
In the venue that used to be Kinnaree, opposite the Cube, Vivaanta is due to open at the end of July. An Indian restaurant which will feature familiar dishes, there is said to be a fairly extensive seafood menu, and they’re also planning on specialising in cocktails. They’re pretty active on Facebook, so worth having a look for updates; https://www.facebook.com/vivaanta
Eli’s Restaurant in Bearwood
Whilst nearby Harborne might be claiming the area’s culinary crown, Eli’s restaurant might just make diners trek a little further. Calling themselves an artisan restaurant, Eli’s aims to put itself at the heart of the community, welcoming diners to become part of the family and allowing them to discover and support local artists and crafts people. From the looks of it, they’re aiming to open towards the end of August. http://elisrestaurant.co.uk/
With a fairly extensive refurbishment going on, Harvey Nics’ new look will include a large food market area and their restaurant is a collaboration with the Yummie Brummie himself, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell. Whilst I haven’t seen any official details on the place, a little bird did let me sneak a peek at their menus and it looks like it’s going to be pretty exciting.
Mockingbird Bar & Bistro
The cinema and theatre space in the Custard Factory has always seemed a little quiet, but fresh off the back of their success at the Sunflower Lounge, Big Papas are relaunching it as a bar and bistro. The focus will be on fresh seasonal produce, with locally sourced produce and a drinks menu which takes inspiration from cocktail bars in Harlem but focuses on independently crafted drinks and the local breweries. The bar and bistro is set to launch in August.
This award-winning restaurant and authentic Brazilian-style steakhouse is heading to Bennetts Hill in September, taking over the former Isaacs on the corner of Waterloo St. They’re certainly going big with this are the two floors are set to seat 200 people, with 15 kinds of meat and 20 choices of salads on offer to hungry diners. A variety of other Brazilian dishes will also be served and a menu which puts the Caipirinha at the heart of its cocktail menu is going to make it an interesting neighbour to fellow South American bar and cantina, Bodega. http://www.vivabrazilrestaurants.com/
Adam’s is on the move
This is more of an FYI, as Michelin-starred Adam’s restaurant, which always claimed its Bennetts Hill location was a temporary space, is set to move round the corner to Waterloo St. If proposals get the go ahead, their new home will be the locally listed art deco building, New Oxford House.
Eagle and Ball
Birmingham City University have been building like demons on the Eastside of the city centre. Thankfully though, they’re incorporating the Grade II listed pub on Gopsall Street as part of their student hub. It’s due to reopen in September this year.
Currently based in Longbridge, Celebz is branching out to the old Sound Bar near the Children’s Hospital for its second venue. They bill themselves as an All American Diner, with milkshakes, build your own burgers, peri-peri and southern fried chicken, and an extensive waffles and sundaes list for dessert. http://celebz.co.uk/
Taking over the old Mono bar in the Arcadian, Meating calls itself a steakhouse on Facebook. It also says to “expect rare breed steaks, the best burgers, kebabs, all cooked on our bespoke charcoal BBQ” along with an in-house “Gelato parlour serving waffles, sundaes and shakes”. Due to open in September. http://thatmeatingplace.com/
Sunny’s Soul Shack at Sunflower Lounge
With Big Papas moving on to the Mockingbird, Sunnys Soul Shack has taken over the kitchen and is keeping with the soul food cuisine. Think rump steak beef mince burgers with rough cut chips, buttermilk chicken breast in a brioche roll and their signature Sunny’s Hash. https://www.facebook.com/Sunnyssoulshack
Umami in Harborne
This Indian kitchen and cocktail bar opened last month in Harborne with ex-Itihaas chef, Mandeep Bajwa at the helm. I’ve already reviewed it here.
El Borracho de Oro in Edgbaston
I haven spectacularly failed to mention this new tapas restaurant in Edgbaston on any of the coming soon posts, which is an utter shame because their previous venture Don Diago had rave reviews. Also they’re now doing breakfasts called the ‘Full Spanglish’ which are available throughout the week and on the third Sunday of the month too. www.elborracho.co.uk
Vegan Store for Kings Heath
It’s a wondered it took South Birmingham so long to acquire one of these, but they’re finally open in the cluster of shops just a bit further up the Alcester Rd from Kings Heath high st. Whilst they’re still a bit of a work in progress they seem to be stocking a fairly decent range of vegan products. http://www.theveganstore.co.uk/
Java Lounge in town
After ten years, Independent Moseley based coffee shop has expanded to the city centre to take over the well-loved Hudsons tea house. They have freshened the place up and whilst it doesn’t have the old world charm Hudsons used to, it has a nice nod to the history of coffee and the wide selection of cakes, milkshakes, sandwiches and coffees as their South Birmingham branch. http://www.javaloungecoffee.com/
Yorks Bakery Cafe recently announced the closure of its Newhall St venue in a slightly bizarre news item on the website. However it doesn’t seem all bad news at their Colmore Row venue is due to stay open and from their twitterings and article, it seems like it’s more of a Doctor-Who style metamorphosis into something new and exciting. www.yorksbakerycafe.co.uk