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Hancock’s to invest in first outlet ahead of three-site rollout

Hancock’s, the family-owned, Rochester-based restaurant, is to mark the first anniversary of its inaugural outlet with a significant seven figure investment in the emerging brand.

The American Kitchen and Bar concept, that offers a meat lover’s dream of a menu, has proved so popular at The Quays in St Mary’s Island, Chatham, that three further sites have now been secured across the South East in Camberley, Maidstone and Eastley.

The new Hancock’s restaurants, which vary from 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft with seating for up to 150 guests, will create some 75 new full and part time jobs, effectively quadrupling the Group’s staff count.

David Chick, Director of Hancock’s, noted, “Hancock’s in Chatham was originally conceived as a standalone restaurant, offering an American inspired menu which amongst other things features selections including Chicken and Ribs smoked on site, Steaks, Dirty Dogs, Gumbo and Fajitas, all served in a fun environment where cocktails flow and everyone’s welcome.

'What the past twelve months have shown is that this is a winning concept, enjoyed by practically every demographic group so embarking on a managed and manageable expansion programme is the logical next step.”

The Camberley outlet is scheduled to open in August at The Atrium on Park Street with the Kent and Hampshire restaurants set to be unveiled in September.