Benito’s Hat has announced two new sites, one in St Albans and another at the O2 Arena, which are scheduled to open in December and early 2019 respectively.
The expansion comes following an investment of £1m to fund a three-year growth plan in London and throughout the UK.
Benito’s Hat St Albans will open in the site previously occupied by Jamie’s Italian Deli on Chequer Street and will serve a menu of burritos, tacos and quesadillas, alongside margaritas and agua frescas from a bar area. It will be similar to the small format Benito’s Hats found in Oxford Westgate and Leicester Highcross.
The O2 Arena site will be a larger concept with 80 covers and a large standalone cocktail bar. It will form part of the arena’s new retail and dining development.
“We are hugely excited by this new chapter in Benito’s continued growth, but it would not be possible without the ongoing support of our investors, particularly Calculus capital who have been a massive support,” says Benito’s Hat managing director Michael Pearson. “We have been working towards these two new openings for over 12 months, adapting our store model, bolstering our supply chain and further improving our design. The hard work is now finally paying off and we can’t wait to open our doors to new audiences in St Albans and at the O2.”