Major expansion plans for Bar Soba

BGF invests in Bar Soba. MD Brad Stevens

Glasgow-based group Bar Soba plans to open seven more restaurants across the UK, including Aberdeen, after securing a £3m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

The company currently operates five sites across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds. Bar soba Founder and Chief Executive, Brad Stevens (above), said, “I’m really excited about our ambitious expansion plans and that we’ve found the right partner to provide the funding and expertise we need to accelerate our growth.

“Expanding to 12 city centre locations will allow even more drinkers and diners to enjoy our combination of indulgent cocktails, freshly prepared street food inspired by the night markets of South East Asia and music. We have been researching locations we feel will suit the Bar Soba offering but are always open to hear ideas from others.”

Mohan Mansigani, a former chief financial officer for the Casual Dining Group, the company behind Bella Italia, has been appointed as Bar Soba’s Non-executive Chairman.

He added, “I’ve worked with some really vibrant brands during my career and I see many of the same elements in the DNA of Bar Soba.

“Brad Stevens and his team have created bars with a strong personality and a relaxed dining style that runs through all of their venues. I have been very impressed with the food quality and fantastic range of drinks.

“I’m looking forward to working with Brad to help him fulfil his ambitions for the business, which I believe will prove to be just as popular in the North of England and further afield as it has been in its Scottish heartland.”

Category: Bar & Pub, News, Restaurant
Tags: Bar Soba, Brad Stevens, Business Growth Fund, Mohan Mansigani