The Real China restaurant coming to Gloucester Quays
POPULAR Chinese buffet restaurant The Real China is the latest big name to announce its arrival at Gloucester Quays.
The eatery is set to open in around six weeks time and could create up to 20 jobs.
It will open alongside competitors such as Pizza Express, Nando’s, Ed’s Easy Diner, Zizzi, Chimichanga and Coal Grill and Bar.
They signed a contract with Gloucester Quays yesterday – five years after they first expressed an interest in coming to the shopping and leisure complex.
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Only now did they feel the time was right, said Vincent Went, operations director for the restaurant chain.
He said: “We were looking at it five years ago but there wasn’t much happening.
“Now we have a good deal and we think it is going to be busy down there.
“We are looking forward to coming to Gloucester.”
The firm already has more than 25 restaurants to its name, including one in The Brewery complex, in Cheltenham.
Around 100 covers would be provided at their Gloucester addition.
Mr Went added: “We are not sure exactly what date we will open yet but it will be in about a month and a half’s time.
“We have not started to fit out the restaurant yet.”
The restaurant will be situated in the row of eateries designated for underneath the Cineworld cinema, which is to be unveiled in December.
The Real China is likely to be a popular arrival with many already visiting its Cheltenham branch.
In a review of the restaurant, food critic Tanya Gledhill said: “The chain Chinese buffet restaurant is popular with families, business people and couples alike – because it does exactly what it says on the tin.
“There are no chopsticks on the simple wooden tables, only spoons and forks, and you won’t find specialist dishes on the undeniably Brit-friendly menu.”
The announcement about The Real China comes just days after Crew Clothing revealed they are the latest retailer to join the growing line-up at the Quays.
Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlets, who own the shopping complex, said: “They are a truly amazing addition to Gloucester.”
Also joining the line up are clothiers The North Face, Jacques Vert and All Saints.
It means that eight empty units in the shopping centre will be filled before the busy Christmas period.
Work is also under way on the construction of a new walkway between the two halves of the horseshoe shaped centre along with new ground floor toilets. That work is not expected to be completed until the New Year.