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Grand Central welcomes regional debut for Thai Express


Hammerson has announced that global quick-service restaurant, Thai Express, has opened its first regional restaurant at Grand Central, part of the Bullring Estate in Birmingham,

Designed by interior design agency Faber, the new restaurant features a street-food style open kitchen with two wok stations to cater for customers dining-in as well as those that wish to takeaway. The interior design draws inspiration from Bangkok’s striking architecture using materials such as concrete and metal, juxtaposed with wood and greenery. The Thai Express flower emblem is incorporated in the restaurant design with three bespoke fret-cut lotus flower light pendants, acting as focal points within the restaurant.

Brought to the UK in 2012 by husband and wife team, Sachin and Uzma Pattani, Thai Express now has more than 300 locations worldwide with the Grand Central location becoming the brand’s fifth site in the UK and only the second outside of London.

Sarah Fox, Head of Restaurants and Leisure at Hammerson, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Thai Express to the growing dining line-up at Grand Central. Their quick service offer of authentic Thai food follows in the footsteps of Comptoir Libanais and Mowgli who have also opened their first restaurants in the region at Grand Central this year. This new opening adds to the international cuisine available, making this one of the city’s most exciting dining destinations in terms of choice and variety.”

Managing Director Sachin Pattani, Managing Director at Thai Express, commented: “Opening our fifth UK restaurant and first in the West Midlands is a real milestone in our brands global expansion. We specialise in combining traditional Thai cuisine with new-world design and flavours, and are thrilled to now offer this passion for authentic Thai food with our new customers in

Birmingham.  The location above the busy New Street Station and alongside some fantastic retail and dining brands is exciting and we already feel very much at home.”

This follows the recent news that Harlem influenced soul food operator, Holy Moly Macaroni, will open its debut restaurant opposite Tortilla, covering 1,750 sq ft. The brand, headed up by local Birmingham chef, Anthony Duffy, will also sit alongside fish and chip operator, Tasty Plaice, which recently opened a 1,100 sq ft restaurant.

Grand Central, part of the iconic Bullring Estate, has established itself as one of the country’s leading retail and dining destinations.  Also situated directly above New Street Station, the busiest train station outside of London, Grand Central is home to a number of aspirational brands, including John Lewis, Jo Malone, The White Company, Cath Kidston, Hobbs, MAC, and Joules with a comprehensive dining line-up completing Grand Central’s diverse offer.