Comptoir Group, the company behind Comptoir Libanais, Yalla-Yalla, and Shawa brands, is set to inaugurate its first new restaurant in the UK in four years, slated for this autumn. The company has secured a 3,325 sq ft location on Ealing High Street in west London, with plans for it to reemerge as a Comptoir Libanais establishment in October.
This new venue will offer an all-day dining experience, featuring an array of options such as shared platters of both hot and cold mezze, grilled meats, salads, and wraps. Additionally, patrons can expect a selection of Lebanese wines from Ksara to complement their meals.
This move comes on the heels of a tumultuous period for the Comptoir Group board, marked by the departure of its chairman and chief executive in August 2022 during a corporate power struggle with founder Tony Kitous. In October, Nick Ayerst, former managing director of Leon, assumed the role of chief executive, with plans to expand the restaurant chain.
Tony Kitous expressed his vision for Lebanese culture and cuisine to attain the same level of popularity as Italian fare. He expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming restaurant, emphasizing its role in offering an authentic ambiance for savoring Middle Eastern hospitality.
Currently, Comptoir Group owns and operates 26 Lebanese restaurants, including six under franchise agreements. Comptoir Libanais stands as its largest brand, with 20 locations scattered across London, Manchester, Bath, Birmingham, Oxford, and Exeter. The company has also expanded its international presence through franchise partnerships with HMSHOST, boasting restaurants in the Netherlands, Qatar, and Dubai.