The team behind Italian wine café group Veeno are set to open a further three venues around the UK in the coming months.
After opening five sites over the past two years, directors Andrea Zecchino and Nino Caruso are set to launch more Veeno bars in Bristol, Edinburgh and Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
The acquisitions of the three new premises will be a catalyst to further growth, with plans to open up to 10 venues within the next 12 months.
Veeno champions Italy’s after-work aperitivo culture, specialising in Italian wines alongside spuntini – mainly platters of meats and cheeses imported from Italian producers. It already has sites in Manchester, Leeds, York, Liverpool and Nottingham (pictured).
Andrea said: “We want to be in the most important cities of the UK. We think Bristol, especially the Temple Quay area, is a new area of the city with exciting plans for the next few years.
“Edinburgh is a big market with a lot of competition and we need to be there to bring the Veeno brand to a national level.
“Harrogate is smaller, but it’s the perfect niche market to promote a high-quality food and drink offer.”
The latest acquisitions are funded by individual investors and a number of business angels. Further talks are currently in progress to raise further capital to roll out more venues in the coming years to fulfil their ambition to have 70 to 80 sites by 2020.
All of the wines are imported directly from Nino’s family vineyards in Sicily. Not only does this allow them to ensure the quality is high but it keeps logistics costs down, allowing customers to buy great-quality wines at very affordable prices.
Nino said: “We are excited to be expanding the Veeno brand out into new regions and creating up to 10 new jobs in each of those areas. Our team members are a key asset to us and help us deliver the authentic aperitivo culture.”
He added: “We’ve come a long way since meeting following a game of football over two years ago now. We’ve learnt a lot and its really paying off.”