Expansive chains make a beeline for Bath ahead of dining quarter launch

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Three new street food restaurants – Thaikhun, Comptoir Libanais and Absurd Bird – are set to open in Bath this autumn as part of a development attracting expansion-hungry foodservice chains.

Launching in a new dining quarter in the heart of SouthGate, the restaurants will open in September and October this year on Newark Street and St Lawrence Street.

The new restaurant quarter will feature glazed facades and canopies providing covered outdoor seating for diners.

Thaikhun offers “great-tasting, eclectic Thai street food dishes”. The new SouthGate restaurant will include open kitchens and “decor inspired by the vibrant streets of Bangkok”.

Absurd Bird, which opened its first branch in London Spitalfields at the beginning of the year, will “treat diners to a menu packed with classic dishes from the American Deep South with a cheeky twist”.

Lebanese and Middle Eastern restaurant Comptoir Libanais will invite diners to “experience real, wholesome and healthy food in a souk-like setting”.

Speaking to the Bath Chronicle, Guy Henderson, centre manager for SouthGate, said: “We’re excited to have secured three firsts for the city at SouthGate. They bring brand new flavours and styles of dining to the city centre, complementing the existing restaurants at The Vaults. We know that all the restaurants have proved incredibly popular in cities such as London, so we’re really looking forward to bringing them to Bath.”

The director at the centre’s co-owner Aviva Investors, Simon Green, said: “We’re thrilled to have Absurd Bird, Comptoir Libanais and Thaikhun on board. The restaurants will offer fresh, exciting culinary experiences, helping to cement SouthGate as a thriving destination for city diners and adding to the already impressive foodie scene in Bath.”

SouthGate is owned by Aviva Investors and British Land. All of the new restaurants will be new to the city and discussions with another potential restaurant operator for the remaining unit at Little SouthGate is currently underway.

Chief executive of Comptoir Libanais, Chaker Hanna, said: “We are delighted to be moving into Bath. It’s such a thriving city and we’re enjoying working closely with British Land and Aviva Investors to showcase the best of our Lebanese cuisine to the local community”.

The managing director of Thaikhun’s owner Thai Leisure Group, Ian Leigh, said: “It’s our passion as a business to share the taste of Thailand’s street food and capture the real drama of the Thai dining experience. We think that we can bring something fresh to the South West and SouthGate Bath will be the ideal home for us.”

Operations manager at Absurd Bird, Mark Hall. added: “Absurd Bird has already gone down a storm with diners in London so we are really excited to be coming to Bath. It’s a vibrant city centre and we’re thrilled to be bringing something really different to the restaurant scene with our authentic Deep South recipes”.

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