TWO new restaurants are set to open in the next few weeks, creating up to 100 new jobs for the city.
TGI Friday’s will open at Gloucester Quays in June and will be quickly followed by Coal Grill and Bar in July.
Workers will begin fitting out TGI Friday’s next week. That restaurant will open beneath the Gloucester Antiques Centre on Llanthony Road.
Plans have also been submitted to the city council to carry out works to the Pillar and Lucy warehouse, opposite the Chimichanga restaurant, so that preparations for Coal can get under way next month.
Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlets, which runs Gloucester Quays, said: “This is an important next chapter in our leisure quarter. The existing restaurants are doing extremely well and this will only add to the offering.”
It is also anticipated that The Real China will reopen shortly after it was shut down by the Quays until its management could be replaced and kitchen equipment improved.
Coal, which has a restaurant at Bristol’s popular Cabot Circus, is applying for permission to convert the historic warehouse which will become its new home.
Meanwhile, TGI Friday’s are still seeking permission for their new glass frontage on what will be the Quays’ biggest restaurant. They also need approval for their distinctive red and white signage.
Gloucester Civic Trust have criticised the look as ‘garish and unacceptable’. In an objection to the council, a spokesman said: “The development should not detract from this crucial aspect of the developing restaurant quarter of the Docks project. But the proposed red and white ‘barber’s pole’ motif extending almost the entire length of this large building, is garish and unacceptable.”
Councillor Paul James, cabinet member for regeneration at the city council, said: “The Quays has really established itself as a leisure quarter for the city. The restaurants have been doing very well and these new additions will give it the critical mass that it needs.
“TGI Friday’s are particularly exciting as they have gone under a revival and are very much a destination restaurant.”
He added that he would ‘not anticipate any problems’ with either of the planning applications. They will be consider by councillors at the next planning committee on June 6.
Pizza Express has also asked to update its signs and to install windbreaks for its outdoor seating.