Rising chain star Turtle Bay takes steps into London

Turtle Bay

Caribbean dining concept Turtle Bay is to open its first restaurant inside London next month, it has announced.

The chain will open in the premises of the former El Penol Club in Brixton, becoming the 22nd restaurant it has launched since it was founded four years ago.

Turtle Bay was created by Ajith Jayawickrema, the co-founder of the successful Las Iguanas restaurant chain, which was recently acquired by the Casual Dining Group.

The chain has existing sites in Ealing and Walthamstow, but said the Brixton venture marks its entrance into the inner London market.

Turtle Bay is understood to have ploughed £800,000 of investment into the new site, which will span 4,000 square feet. Known for its open kitchens and heavy duty barbecues, the menu will include Caribbean-themed items such as shrimp and mango wraps and Jamaican browned chicken.

News of the move into London follows hot on the heels of the launch of a new store in York, its most northerly store to date. It also plans to open a store in Huddersfield in October.

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