Hakkasan and Wagamama founder Alan Yau is to open three new restaurants in London next year: The first two are understood to be Chyna, a 120-cover restaurant that offers a combination of Cantonese and modern European cooking, a water market from which guests can choose live seafood and an ‘extensive’ waterside terrace; Yau Grilling is more of an informal all-day operation and will offer a Japanese-inspired grill menu and oyster bar. The third site is believed to be a second site for his Turkish street food brand Yamabahçe.
Bowling alley, ping pong and karaoke operator, Lane7, has launched their biggest site to date within the £47m Great Central Square regeneration scheme in Leicester with another five venues in the pipeline before the end of 2020. The ‘super-site’ in Leicester will feature a 22,000 sq ft double-height shipping container-style entertainment village with food and drink offerings, tenpin bowling and other gaming attractions.
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has revealed a bid for the balance of shares of Goals Soccer Centres that it does not already own. With an 18.93% stake, Sports Direct is already the largest shareholder and has offered 5p a share for the remaining shares. The listed company operates 45 small-sided soccer centres across the UK and four in the US.