Exeter mall reconfigured as chains reveal their interest

GBK, Queen Street dining quarter, Exeter

A new dining quarter poised to open in Exeter next year has been reconfigured to accommodate “huge demand” from restaurateurs for bigger spaces.

Aviva Investors, which is developing the new Queen St dining quarter within the existing Guildhall Shopping Centre, said that it is close to filling out space at the site after confirming The Terrace and Gourmet Burger Kitchen as its latest tenants.

The pair have both signed leases to open at the centre, joining in Turtle Bay and The Stable which have been announced previously.

Aviva is in discussions with tenants for all the remaining units, and have revised the layout of the scheme and reconfigured plans to meet demand from restauranteurs for some larger and multi-level spaces, making the total number of restaurants when fully open to eight.

“We are in the process of finalising the rest of the deals as part of the Queen St Dining Quarter and hope to make further announcements shortly,” stated Simon Green, associate director of Aviva Investors.

The Terrace is a brand new concept which is being launched in Exeter and the brainchild of the Artigiano team, which runs the hugely popular Expresso and Wine Bar on Exeter’s High Street. Joe Hill, managing director of Artigiano Expresso Bars, described the outlet as an “upmarket, contemporary bar, restaurant and lounge bar”.

GBK, meanwhile, will open a two story 3,752 square foot restaurant at the site, according to the chain’s development director, Stephen Evans. “We’ve been searching for the perfect spot for a while and we’re pleased to have secured a space within the highly-anticipated redevelopment of the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Exeter has a vibrant food scene so we’re excited to introduce residents, tourists and students alike to GBK and our fresh, crafted and adventurous burgers.”

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