Restaurant group wins race to acquire busy Birmingham eatery

Metro Bar & Grill

Restaurant chain Brandasia Group has snapped up the Metro Bar & Grill in Birmingham to further its coverage of the UK market.

The sale was overseen by specialist property adviser Christie + Co for an undisclosed sum and will give the group an extended presence in the heart of Birmingham’s Central Business District. It already operates Asha’s, an award-winning Indian restaurant in the city.

Metro Bar & Grill has been independently owned by Chris Kelly since 1997 and is renowned in the city for its excellent service and high-quality cuisine. It is known as a haunt for property and finance professionals.

Charles Jones of Christie + Co’s Birmingham office said: “Metro Bar & Grill came to the market on a confidential basis towards the end of January 2015 and it attracted significant interest. The successful purchasers, Brandasia Group, operate the nearby Asha’s restaurant and they felt this opportunity was too good to miss.”

Brandasia isn’t understood to be planning any immediate changes to Metro, but it is aiming to introduce a new menu and specialist cocktail bar later in the year.

The group is also reportedly preparing to open a site in Manchester, which will become its third in the UK. Internationally, it operates sites throughout the Gulf, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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