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Two new restaurants at Gloucester Quays set to open

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

By Michael Wilkinson, Public Affairs correspondent

COAL

How Coal Grill and Bar will look

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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.

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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.

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  • ivor_biggun  |  May 26 2014, 5:44PM

    I love Coal!

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  • jas37  |  May 26 2014, 12:55PM

    I often wonder why Paul James is asked for comments whenever something opens at the Quays. I remember him being interviewed on local Radio (BBC Glos) when the news of the new Cinema was made public and wondering at the time why the BBC were asking him about the project rather than someone from the Quays/Peel. In saying that the Quays often seem to trot out scripted comments that reveals very little. It pretty obvious that the Restaurants @ the Quays are doing really well and overall footfall appears to have increased considerably but could Jason Pullen give us an insight as to when the next batch of Shops are due to open?

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 26 2014, 10:39AM

    Call me picky Mr picky here...wasn't it only a few months ago the council wanted Westgate street to be the Restaurant quarter or something along thse lines, now we have Paul James calling the Quays the Lesiure Quarter... How many quarters does Gloucester EXACTLEY have now? or do they just make up 'quarters' as and when they need to?

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  • SELINA30  |  May 26 2014, 10:37AM

    A quote from Paul James when a restaurant opens.

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  • Chaos100  |  May 25 2014, 11:51PM

    Positive steps already being undone by someone who prefers McDonald's to any one of the up and coming restaurants in the city. I mean is that a recommendation ?

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  • jas37  |  May 25 2014, 10:26PM

    Good news, they can't come soon enough but I hope that both establishments put a considerable emphasis on the Bar side of the Business. Portivo is often packed out., another Bar is needed asap, TGi and Coal have a great opportunity to get off to a flying start.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 25 2014, 7:45PM

    I have been to Gloucester Quays and looked at all or most of those restaurants. I have been in a few including that American bar that sells hot dogs. What a load of rubbish, all over-priced, not a decent meal there, can't recognise half the things on the menu, on our last visit to the docks, we came back out to eat and went to McDonalds!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  May 25 2014, 6:31PM

    Woo!!!, 2 more restaurants to eat at.

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