Restaurant entrepreneurs Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the pair behind Polpo, have signed an exclusive franchise agreement with TRG Concessions to bring their Spuntino brand to UK airports.
Opportunities will now be explored with a view to securing a first site in 2018.
Spuntino, which means ‘snack’ in Italian, will develop a bespoke airport breakfast and takeaway menu to deliver an ‘all day dining’ and ‘on board’ experience for customers. The new menu will follow the same ‘small plates’ theme as existing sites, such as the 27-cover Soho restaurant.
Russell Norman said, “When I fly and I'm killing time in airport terminals, I often think, ‘why isn't there somewhere more like Spuntino – tasty small plates, comfort cooking, lots of doughnuts, real cocktails and friendly service?’ Our partnership with TRG Concessions has given us a unique opportunity to achieve that.”
Nick Ayerst, Managing Director of TRG Concessions, said, “We have been in talks with Russell and his team for a number of years and are pleased to have secured a top London restaurateur as our franchise partner. We are looking forward to announcing future openings in the not too distant future.”
There are currently two Spuntino restaurants situated in London's Soho and Bristol.