It’s time for another of those Coming Soon posts, because it seems 2015 is THE year to open up in Birmingham. With Gas Street Social already open and positive reports flooding in, it’s been joined by a few others I mentioned in a couple of my other Coming Soon posts – Amanita on Bennets Hill has just opened and The Botanist on Temple St is due to open in a couple of weeks. So that means there’s space for some more names on the Coming Soon board…
With their first venue opening in Nottingham late last year, Rub Smokehouse and Bar are looking to expand to Birmingham in the summer. All about American style smoked meats, think brisket, burgers, low and slow cooked pork shoulder, plus bourbon and a range of cocktails. Given the city’s appetite for low and slow smokehouse style food it looks like an interesting addition, plus with a late night cocktail bar and a license til 4am it sounds like a night out in one venue.
I can find very little information about this, other than it’s going to be a bar and grill located in The Mailbox. Their Facebook page went live end of last year, but they’re clearly not advertising it…however rumour has it there is some goings on. It looks like Coventry-based 360 Commercial Interiors might be involved in the refurb and there’s a rather snazzy logo on their website’s holding page – could it be hinting to some molecular style cocktails, perhaps? EDIT: a little bird tells us it might be a Nuvo venture, but don’t quote me on that. http://www.aluna.uk.com/
Serving up provincial French cooking in a relaxed atmosphere and established in 1994, the privately owned family company has 12 bistrots located around the country, including Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa, and it looks like they’re coming to Birmingham (and Bath and Newport). They’re aiming to open in a former tollhouse on Gas St, not far from Broad St and the Mailbox, although there are no dates confirmed as of yet. http://lebistrotpierre.co.uk/
Focusing on memory, place and nature, Nomad is a three month residency run by Alex Claridge, previously of Bistro 1847 and Warehouse Cafe. It’s being held at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath from the beginning of April with two fixed menus on Fridays and Saturdays, ranging between four and twelves courses, with menus changing regularly to incorporate ingredients as and when they’re ready from foragers and their allotment. www.foodbynomad.com
Set to open on 24 March in an ex-strip club, the Soho Rooms on Holloway Head are aiming to be a luxurious steak restaurant, bar, Shisha lounge and karaoke. http://www.sohorooms.co.uk/
Nosh and Quaff
I’ve tweeted and facebooked about this a lot already but managed to miss it off the previous Coming Soon posts, and as the name for 130 Colmore Row’s newest occupant was finally announced recently and the signage has gone up it seems worth mentioning. From the group that brought you Lasan, Fiesta del Asado and Raja Monkey comes Nosh & Quaff, lobster and beer focused -a venue no doubt aiming to attract the afterwork crowd. Expect to see them opening around May time. http://noshandquaff.co.uk/
Ever since they closed their doors to make way for the new Paradise Circus development, Woktastic have been teasing us with the prospect of a new venue…and then they announce three! Along with the re-opening of a city centre Woktastic in spring (exact location to be confirmed), owner Ali Karakaya has also announced Yaki Nori, a fast food concept which will open in Selly Oak and Grand Central Birmingham. http://www.woktastic.co.uk/
Praza by Pushkar
Broad Street based restaurant and cocktail bar is expanding out to the Hagley Road in Edgbaston. Praza will continue Pushkar’s North Indian cuisine, but also hopes to bring a more international flavour to its dishes all headed up by head chef Bishal Rasaily. http://praza.co.uk/
La Tasca at Barclaycard Arena
Was I the only person not to notice La Tasca quietly close their previous Birmingham venue? Well they’re returning to the city with a new location in the Barclaycard Arena and are due to open at the end of the month. The Spanish tapas restaurant joins Ed’s Easy Diner as the second restaurant in the newly refurbished arena. http://latasca.com/
Fiddle and Bone
Okay, so this one is already open by I missed it off both lists last time and was rightly berated for it. I’m yet to go down, but the sympathetic restoration and return of live music to this well loved pub has drawn some positive reports. http://fiddleandbone.co.uk/
Any that I’ve missed? Feel free to email me, send me a tweet or drop me a Facebook message!