The independently owned restaurant chain, which was founded in 2014, has previously collaborated with breweries such as Northern Monk, Chorlton, and Dry & Bitter (Copenhagen), and now intends to produce its own beers, either at a purpose-built facility or on another brewery’s equipment.
If the company decides to invest in its own kit, the brewery will be housed at the company’s new 5,000ft production facility and will be capable of producing 32 kegs of beer at a time.
Supply for other restaurants and bars
This kit will cost around £500,000 and Bundobust estimates that it could add £100,000 to the bottom line at each of the company’s sites, according to The Morning Advertiser (MA) sister publication Restaurant magazine.
Beer will be produced by the restaurant’s existing team, which includes home brewers, and in collaboration with other commercial breweries. The company hopes to eventually supply other restaurants, bars and shops with its own branded beers, but will also continue to stock and support other breweries in its own venues.
Bundobust co-founder Marko Husak told MA: “We are a restaurant that specialises in beer, we have collaboration beers brewed for us and it completely makes sense for us to either open our own brewery and make our own beer or go into business with an existing brewery to set up a Bundobust-branded brewery.
“It will be happening next year, we are just getting our heads around speaking to people and deciding the best way to go about it."
Range of options
Husak added: “If we go all-in and set our own brewery up, which we have the means and some of the knowledge to do, we have the contacts to do that. We've also been talking to some brewers in England to see if they are happy for us to develop a sub brand with them and use their kit so we aren't weighing out on the investment.
“We sell a lot of beer and it would be great to have our own core range of beers on the bar and still work with the existing partners that we have and getting their specials on.”
Bundobust currently operates two sites, one in Leeds and one in Manchester, and is planning to open a third site in Liverpool next year.