Argentinean restaurant concept Cau is to open two more branches next year, with new sites in Cambridge and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Cau, which is a new company formed by the same shareholders who own Gaucho, launched in Guildford, Surrey, in July 2011. It is a more casual, accessible restaurant brand than Gaucho aimed at regional cities. Inspired by Argentina, Cau offers a menu with beef bred on the Pampas at its heart, with dishes such as steak sandwiches, burgers and sausages dominating the menu.
Cau's Cambridge restaurant, which will be housed in a former Barclays bank building, will open in January 2013 with a capacity for 130 diners. Interiors will incorporate key Argentinean themes and details with a modern twist, including a steel staircase, glossy bubble lamps and white-on-black resin floors.
Meanwhile Cau's Kingston branch will open later in 2013 located in the new riverside restaurant development, which will feature six new restaurants overlooking the River Thames.
Charlie McLean, managing director of Cau, said: "We are very excited to be opening Cau in Cambridge and Kingston. We hope both will be popular with local residents, shoppers, students and visitors. We believe the old Barclays bank building on Bene't Street is a perfect location and will build on the success and popularity of our first site in Guildford.
"We will be serving high quality Argentinian steak as well as many other freshly prepared Argentinian influenced dishes, all cooked from scratch on site. We hope that this, combined with our modern and funky design, will create a new restaurant for Cambridge and Kingston that everyone will love."
The team behind Cau includes McLean, whose experience in the restaurant industry has included Yum brands and Gaucho Restaurants; as well as Patsy Godik, creative director of Cau and Gaucho; and Alex Rojas, operations manager, who previously worked with groups such as Zizzi's, Group Chez Gerard and, for the past five years, Gaucho.
By Kerstin KÁ¼hn
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