New dining choices at AEW’s Festival Place
A taste of Asia is coming to Basingstoke’s Festival Place with the arrival two new f&b operators. Independent Japanese restaurant The Sushi Maki and Kokoro, offering a menu of East Asian dishes, have both signed up to open at the 1.1 million sq ft shopping centre. The Sushi Maki’s 710-sq ft unit is located next to Gourmet Burger Kitchen and by Festival Square. And Kokoro is taking a 1,300-sq ft unit located in Festival Place’s ‘grab & go’ area.
The Sushi Maki and Kokoro are the latest casual dining additions to Festival Place following the arrival of the Parisian inspired Côte Brasserie. Festival Place is also home to over 30 restaurants, cafés and bars, including Nando’s, wagama, PizzaExpress, Las Iguanas, Giraffe, Ask Italia and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, along with a recently refreshed 10-screeen Vue Cinema.
Russell Jewell, head of private equity funds at AEW, said: ‘The addition of The Sushi Maki and Kokoro along with the rest of our food and beverage offer makes Festival Place a really enticing option for food enthusiasts, during the day and in the evening. The new additions complement the 30 new retail and dining brands we have welcomed to the centre over the last two years, reflecting how the scheme has been transformed by our refurbishment. Additionally, over 60 existing tenants have renewed their leases, adding to the appeal and visual impact of the overall centre.”
Letting agents for Festival Place are Cushman & Wakefield and Lunson Mitchenall; CBRE is the managing agent.