No Saints reveals plans to launch 15 sites

Thomas: plans to open 15 sites
Thomas: plans to open 15 sites

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No Saints, the bar and restaurant group run by former Luminar chief executive Stephen Thomas, revealed plans to open at least 15 sites.

This includes outlets for new concepts Wonder, the Greene Room and Chicago Pizza Pie Factory, as well as the established Jam House brand.

Speaking at the UK Pub Retail Sumnmit, Thomas said the company has acquired a third site for live-music brand Jam House in Cambridge.

There are also plans to open sites in Bournemouth, Brighton and Bristol by the end of 2012.

Thomas acquired the rights to the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory brand in the UK in 2008, and plans to open the first outlet in Bristol, on the former premises of Henry J Bean’s, in the first quarter of 2012.

The Greene Room, No Saints’ cabaret concept, launched its first site in Milton Keynes in May and plans are in the pipeline for a second site in the south-west.

Thomas said: “I wanted to do something different, so the idea is everybody gets a seat, 85% of our bookings are done online and we do two shows a night and there is an electronic ordering device on each table, so I’m going for low volume but high spend per head.”

Wonder, which Thomas believes is No Saints’ “most interesting brand”, has been set up by Thomas’s 25-year-old son.

He has opened a venue in Banbury, Oxfordshire, with an Alice in Wonderland theme where staff dress up as different characters.

The firm is developing a second site in Sevenoaks, Kent, and has acquired properties in Guildford, Cheltenham and Sutton, south London, with 10 other outlets in the pipeline.

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