Bar Soba plans to open seven more restaurants

Glasgow-based bar and restaurant chain, Bar Soba, is preparing to open a further seven restaurants following a £3m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

The company, which already has five sites spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds, has also appointed industry veteran Mohan Mansigani who will help them choose a number of sites in key cities including Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Founder and CEO Brad Stevens launched the brand at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1997 as a pop-up restaurant before opening his first permanent Bar Soba outlet in Glasgow. Serving creative cocktails and South-East Asian street dishes, Bar Soba is one of the few brands born in Scotland to then grow south of the border.

Brad Stevens, chief executive and founder of Bar Soba, said: “I’m really excited about our ambitious expansion plans and that we’ve found the right partner to provide the funding and expertise we need to accelerate our growth.

“Expanding to 12 city centre locations will allow even more drinkers and diners to enjoy our combination of indulgent cocktails, freshly prepared street food inspired by the night markets of South East Asia and music. We have been researching locations we feel will suit the Bar Soba offering but are always open to hear ideas from others.”

As well as providing the growth capital to fuel Bar Soba’s expansion, BGF introduced the business to Mohan Mansigani, who has been appointed as non-executive chair.

He served as chief finance officer at Casual Dining Group – the company behind brands including Bella Italia, having previously worked as finance director at Costa Coffee and TGI Fridays and in senior finance roles at Grand Metropolitan and Pizza Hut.

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