Bistro is bound for Royal William Yard
A FRENCH-style bistro chain will become the latest to open a restaurant in the Royal William Yard – creating about 25 jobs.
Le Bistrot Pierre is due to start trading in February next year in the recently refurbished New Cooperage building.
The chain specialises in French food but is actually headquartered in the Midlands and has nine restaurants in that area and the north of England.
It is taking 3,800sq ft of space and will neighbour the Envy RWY hair salon, which held its launch party last night, and Le Vignoble, the wine business which has been trading for about six weeks.
The bistro will have about 120 covers inside the restaurant and a large outside terrace, and a bar.
By comparison, Le Bistrot Pierre will be smaller than Italian restaurant chain Prezzo's RWY outlet, which covers 4,700sq ft in the Mills Bakery building.
The bistro will be the sixth restaurant in the former Royal Navy victualling yard, and one of three due to open soon.
The listed buildings have become a magnet for diners since Seco Lounge moved into the Mills Bakery in early 2010. It was swiftly followed by Prezzo, with River Cottage Canteen Deli and the Royal William Bakery, last year.
The Las Iguanas chain will move into three units at the Brewhouse taking 6,234sq ft and opening this autumn.
The Royal William Bakery will then move from that building to the Slaughterhouse, and expand its business. A unit in the Brewhouse next door to River Cottage Canteen Deli is "under offer" to a restaurant business.
Privately owned Le Bistrot Pierre has been so successful it has been looking to expand, but hadn't expected to choose Plymouth until bosses saw RWY, according to Urban Splash, which is developing the yard.
Robert Beacham, co-owner of Le Bistrot Pierre, said: "Plymouth was outside the area in which we were looking but the opportunity was too good to miss."
Emily Handslip, from Urban Splash, said: "The yard is developing a reputation for fantastic food and cultural vibrancy."