Comptoir Libanais bags first department store site with John Lewis tie-up

Comptoir Libanais, The Avenue, Spinningfields

Comptoir Libanais, the Lebanese canteen specialising in fresh, healthy and affordable Lebanese dishes, has announced six new sites will open over the next three months, including three new regional locations and its first inside a department store.

Three new openings will expand the group’s presence in London. A 398 square metre, 94-cover site on Soho’s Poland Street in the former location of Yo! Sushi is due to open in mid-September and a 177 square metre site on Gloucester Road, Kensington will go live in November.

Comptoir Libanais’ first in-store restaurant will also open its doors in John Lewis’s flagship Oxford Street shop, in October. Located on the fourth floor next to the Baby and Child department, the restaurant will cater to John Lewis shoppers and destination diners alike.

Outside of the capital, the brand’s first branches in the South West will open in Exeter in late September and Bath in October, extending Comptoir Libanais’ wider UK footprint.

The 242 square metre Exeter site will be in the new Queen Street dining quarter, offering 180 covers across three internal and external spaces.

The 170-cover Bath restaurant will be part of the new Little Southgate food quarter in the city centre. A third regional opening in Leeds (in November) will cater for 120 covers in the established Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Offering casual, all-day, healthy Lebanese dining, Comptoir Libanais serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea alongside a range of cocktails, Lebanese wines and beers. All stand-alone sites will offer takeaway and delivery throughout the day. An integral part of the Comptoir brand is the Souk Shop retailing a range of imported foodie gifts, hand-crafted accessories, spices and sweets.

Chaker Hanna, CEO of Comptoir Libanais, said: “We are delighted to be rolling out six new sites with even more planned for next year. We’ve seen a real increase in demand for the fresh, nutritious and affordable food we offer so are excited to showcase the best of Lebanese cuisine to new local communities, businesses and families.”

Comptoir Libanais currently operates 11 sites nationwide.

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