St James Quarter adds first itsu in Scotland to F&B line up

  • itsu will open a 2,000 sq ft outlet at the lifestyle district later this month
  • News follows the recent signing of The Botanist demonstrating the continued appeal of the Quarter
  • All three brands are opening their first Scottish-based restaurants in flagship locations at St James Quarter in Edinburgh, taking a combined 19,000 sq ft

St James Quarter, the 1.7 million sq ft retail-led lifestyle district in Edinburgh, has let 2,000 sq ft to itsu, who will be opening their first ever Scottish outlet later this month at the Register Square entrance. itsu will be offering healthy, hot & cold Asian inspired dishes for both grab & go and eat in customers. The restaurant chain celebrates their ‘steamed never fried’ approach to delicious food, which includes a third of its menu being plant based.

The news follows on the back of the recent announcements, including that The Botanist will be opening its first Scotland-based restaurants at St James Quarter, demonstrating St James Quarter’s continued appeal among top name occupiers since its successful opening in June 2021.

The Botanist will take 11,400 sq ft and add its unique concept, classic and contemporary cuisine plus world-famous selection of cocktails to the spectacular St Andrew’s Hall, a grade B-listed building overlooking Leith Walk.

Alongside itsu opening, March will see the opening of Scottish brand, Ka Pao, an East Asian restaurant from Glasgow that was presented a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide – a prize awarded to outlets offering exceptional quality cuisine at accessible prices.

The new arrivals will add to a formidable F&B and leisure offering that already includes Lane7, Pho and the Alchemist.

Ed Corrigan at St James Quarter, commented: “We are continuing to attract new names to Scotland thanks to the lifestyle district’s unique offering and strong footfall figures which are continuing to outperform expectations, despite the recent pandemic. itsu will add an important dimension to an already diverse F&B offering that we’re assembling here at St James Quarter. We’ve gone to great lengths to bring a unique mix of distinct and local brands together here, and itsu’s offering of healthy fast food will fill another niche for our guests to enjoy.”

Neil Miller, chief customer officer at itsu, said: “Our grocery business has seen record breaking noodlepot sales in Edinburgh. We’re looking forward to expanding our itsu offering with our city-centre restaurant serving freshly made sushi, salads, hot rice & noodle pots.”

St James Quarter has gone from strength to strength since opening in June 2021, and offers an impressive and growing list of names at the retail led destination, which includes & Other Stories, Mango, Zara, REISS, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Miele, Next, H&M, JD Sports, John Lewis and many more.

 

 

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