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Genuine Dining Co to run coffee shop at AshbyCapital office

12 April 2016 by
Genuine Dining Co to run coffee shop at AshbyCapital office

The Genuine Dining Co, which is co-owned by the former chairman of PizzaExpress Luke Johnson, will open a coffee shop at the Colmore Building in Birmingham next month.

The ground floor 1,000 sq ft venue called &More Coffee House is being developed at a cost of £500,000 and is part of a wider £3.5m enhancement programme for the property.

AshbyCapital, which acquired the then Colmore Plaza for £140m last summer, is currently developing the building to include a new gym, treatment rooms, bike parking and reception area.

&More Coffee House will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks and is expected to open on 16 May. There will also be an external seating terrace and an iPad till system.

Peter Ferrari, chief executive of AshbyCapital, said: "The &More Coffee House will provide an important new amenity for occupants at the Colmore Building, bringing new and different breakfast, lunch and drinks options and offering the perfect place for breakfast, a coffee, or an informal meeting or working lunch.

"We look forward to the café opening this spring, coinciding with the completion of our exciting wider enhancement programme at the building."

Chris Mitchell, director at the Genuine Dining Co, added: "We are extremely excited to be partnering with AshbyCapital to provide a modern, high street food offering at the Colmore Building.

"AshbyCapital felt that our mission of delivering great food, great service and having a load of fun in the process was most aligned with their strategic goals for the building.

"We are looking forward to working together to do just that."

Johnson's other business interests include Gail's Artisan Bakery, Eclectic Bars, Feng Sushi, 3Sixty Restaurants, the Draft House, Grand Union and Small Batch Coffee.

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