Lebanese restaurant group expands into Kent and Surrey with NatWest funding


Lebanese restaurant group expands into Kent and Surrey with NatWest funding

Levant Restaurants Group has expanded into Kent and Surrey with its Comptoir Libanais brand using a £1.6m loan from NatWest.

Comptoir Libanais has proved itself one of the capital’s most popular Lebanese restaurant chains

The group has opened two new outlets in Bluewater in Kent and Chelsea in London, with a third due to open the second week of April in Kingston, Surrey. The Bluewater and Kingston restaurants are the first locations the company has opened in Kent and Surrey.

Chaker Hanna, Levant Restaurants Group’s Managing Director, approached Nick Kalamaras, Senior Relationship Manager, Hotels & Leisure at NatWest for a combined loan from the bank’s Leisure Fund. This covered leasing of all three premises as well as funding for refurbishment.

The three new restaurants join a stable of seven Comptoir Libanais spread across London. Set in vibrant Middle Eastern surroundings and offering an extensive menu, Comptoir Libanais has proved itself one of the capital’s most popular Lebanese restaurant chains.

The restaurants offer a host of authentic signature dishes, ranging from hot and cold mezze (finger food) and richly flavoured tagines to fresh homemade lemonade, marinated grilled meats and fish, wine, beer and rose mint tea made to a special recipe.

The restaurant interiors are all unique but consistently vibrant, providing a warm, hospitable and casual ambience. The concept appeals to a broad cross section of ages, cultural backgrounds and nationalities; women and men; children and teenagers.

Replicating success

Hanna said: “We are very excited about taking our unique concept into Kent, Surrey and Chelsea. Comptoir Libanais have been a huge success across London and we’re hoping to replicate that success with these three new outlets. Nick was a great help in securing the loan we needed to grow our business. His knowledge of the restaurant industry is second to none – we really consider him part of the Levant team.”

Kalamaras said: “I am very pleased to have been able to provide the financial support Levant Restaurants Group needed in order to grow and expand. These are exciting times for the company and I look forward to seeing it take its unique concept – and amazing food – into new areas.”

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