Polpo, the sharing plates restaurant group is to open a site in Brighton on 16 November.
Polpo, which is run by Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, will open on the former The Courtyard site in the pedestrianised New Road, in Polpo’s regional debut.
The outlet is near the historic Theatre Royal, Brighton Dome and the Royal Pavilion and close to both the busy Lanes and North Laine areas.
Décor of the 60-cover restaurant is inspired by Venetian ‘bàcaro’ wine bars and looks to replicate the ambience with heavy red curtains, a zinc-topped bar, and a three-metre long skylight.
The smallest Polpo signature ‘cichetti’ plates plates start at £3, with mains from £4.
Brighton is a vibrant university city and tourist magnet and more than fits the bill for Polpo which has identified university town such as Cambridge and Canterbury as ideal for expanding its regional portfolio.
The company also owns Mishkin’s Sputino and Polpetto in London and was recently reported as looking to tie up a site in Lewisham, south east London.