Whitbread is to open its 18th Bar + Block steakhouse restaurant on Princes Street in Edinburgh, as a transformation of a former New Look store gets underway.
The owners confirmed that the site is the first restaurant to submit plans for a presence on the famous shopping street, with the opening expected in time for Christmas.
The all-day steak restaurant will be an extension to the Premier Inn hotel next door with the ground floor of the former retail space being converted into the new eatery.
The site will be the second Bar + Block Steakhouse in Scotland and follows the opening of the first restaurant on St Enoch Square in Glasgow in June.
John Underwood, construction project and programme manager for Whitbread, said: “It is a privilege to be leading the development of one of the first restaurants to open on Princes Street. It is a complex project as we are building a 60-bedroom extension and delivering a new restaurant in a busy shopping area at the same time. The location is superb and Bar + Block’s all-day flexible trading format, from breakfast through to dinner, lends itself to the location.”
Bar + Block Steakhouse boasts a menu that puts the spotlight on high quality 30-day aged steaks in a variety of cuts and sizes, hand cut to order, at an accessible price point with the signature ‘Butcher’s Block’ offering limited time only rotating steak specials.
Also on the menu are burgers ground on-site, salads, grills and grazing plates whilst an express menu, served in under 10 minutes, is available for £10 Monday to Friday.
The Bar + Block Steakhouse could be approved following revisions to planning guidance on Princes Street by the City of Edinburgh Council.