The restaurants, bars and shops opening in Devon in 2019

The New Year is upon us and while 2018 saw many restaurant and shop closures across Devon, this year we have many openings to look forward to.

Ranging from fast food restaurants to toy shops, there are plenty of new additions to high streets across the county to look forward to in 2019.

Here are the restaurants, bars and shops due to open very soon across Devon.

Exeter

Nando’s

The new restaurant is really starting to take shape, and while an opening date hasn’t yet been confirmed, judging by the signs going up we have a feeling it will be opening very soon.


Those behind the plans say 40 jobs will soon be created by the arrival of the Nando’s alone, which is set to ‘compliment’ the city centre branch in Princesshay.

It will be hard news to take for Torquay and Barnstaple, the biggest towns outside Plymouth and Exeter which still haven’t got a Nando’s.

Hubbox

The burger joint, which currently has six branches in the South West, is relocating from Sidwell Street to what was The Rum and Crab Shack in Catherine Street.

The restaurant was long rumoured to move to The Guildhall, and after its new location was confirmed it was initially thought to be open in early November.

However they have just opened (on January 4) and are now taking bookings.

La Cantina

La Cantina Street Kitchen food van has announced it is closing – in order to become a permanent restaurant.

The team behind the much-loved street food van, which dishes up epic burgers and hip sides such as dirty fries and mac and cheese balls, posted on their Facebook page to announce the news on New Year’s Day.

Instead of driving their kitchen around to various venues in and around Exeter, they are planning to open a restaurant at Hanlons Brewery in Newton St Cyres.

La Cantina Street Kitchen
La Cantina Street Kitchen

The post read: “To all of our amazing and loyal customers, a new year brings new beginnings. A revolution is upon us.

“At the end of January we will be saying goodbye to La Cantina Street Kitchen, as we know it, and hello to our NEW restaurant: Beer Factory & Kitchen @ Hanlons Brewery!!!

“We have been offered an amazing opportunity to take our food and your experience to the next level by combining your favourite La Cantina dishes with award-winning beer.

“Best of all this means La Cantina Food available six days a week!

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“Although we will no longer be called La Cantina, we can assure you that the same chefs will be cooking using the same high quality ingredients, alongside the same great front of house staff with the addition of some new faces!

“Not only that, but after a month of finding our feet with the new restaurant, we will be offering your favourite La Cantina dishes to take away from our new place of residence….you can even enjoy a beer while you wait!

“Thank you all for your custom and support over the past six years, we really hope to see you all at our new restaurant in the new year.

“Happy 2019 and Viva La Revolution!”

Rockfish

A new opening date has been set for Exeter’s newest seafood restaurant, revealed by its owner.

Rockfish fish and chip restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks, was scheduled to open this month at the Quayside after a delay.

Local traders are eager for its arrival, hoping it will boost trade by bringing seafood fans to canal-side area – after lengthy and disruptive flood defence works.

However, for reasons thought to centre around this year’s weather and, ironically, the £32 million Environment Agency’s works – the restaurant building remains unfinished and its opening has been delayed for a second time.

It’s the first ever Rockfish to be built entirely from scratch, on land off Piazza Terracina, and the first away from the seaside.

Now, Mr Tonks says the the long-awaited restaurant will open to seafood fans in late February, 2019.

Smyths Toys

Smyths Toys is opening a branch in Exeter.

Families will be jumping for joy as Europe’s largest toy retailer, with more than 100 outlets in the UK, confirms it will replace the fallen toy giant Toys R Us.

Bishops Court Retail Park, off Sidmouth Road, says it is looking forward to welcoming Smyths Toys, who have signed up to take the majority of the floorspace previously occupied by TRU until March this year.

The former Toys R Us store in Exeter
The former Toys R Us store in Exeter

It is taking a 15,000 sq ft store and is due to open in early 2019.

Smyths Toys will join existing retailers on the park American Golf and Snow + Rock.

Torquay

Burger King

Burger King is coming back to Torquay just four years after they closed the branch on Fleet Walk.

The fast food chain will be opening a new restaurant near Cary Parade in Torquay, although an exact location is yet to be confirmed.

The seaside town has been without a Burger King for four years, after they decided to shut the restaurant on Fleet Walk in 2014.

Burger King wasn’t the only business to leave Torquay as Pizza Hut also shut their doors for good in October 2014.

Burger King in Torquay closed in 2014

The new fast food restaurant, which has yet to announce an opening date is also looking for staff members to work there.

According to their website, they are looking to hire a restaurant manager and an assistant restaurant manager.

The job description says they are looking for candidates that are ‘passionate about food and quality service, commercially savvy and a champion leader that leads by example’.

They are also looking for someone that has a minimum of three years restaurant experience, can lead with example and can demonstrate ability to motivate and develop a team and achieve results.

You can apply for a job at the new Burger King branch here.

Venus

A former gardener’s cottage at Torquay seafront is set to become the latest cafe venue for The Venus Company.

The Totnes-based cafe chain has taken the lease for the Old Toll House next to Rock Walk and the new Abbey Crescent development at Abbey Sands.

Venus already operates six cafes and takeaways throughout Devon and Cornwall and said that recent investment in the Bay has made it an attractive business proposition.

Michael Smith , managing director, said: “Although we have traded in South Devon for many decades, it was only recently that we felt Torquay was ready for a Venus. “The primary factor was the significant amount of business investment in the Bay over the last five years and a general good feeling about the area which was lacking beforehand.”

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Plymouth

Five Guys

Five Guys has revealed it will open at Drake Circus some time this year.

Five Guys was established by five guys from the Murrell family in Virginia in 1986 and came over to the UK a few years ago with the first restaurant opening in Covent Garden 4 July 2013.

A branch opened in Exeter in 2016.

A Five Guys spokesman said: “Five Guys prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, and customers can find out which local farm the beef and potatoes have come from by checking out the restaurant’s notice board.

“This results in delicious burgers and fries of the highest quality, burgers are grilled to order, whilst the fries are hand cut every morning and cooked in peanut oil to create a mouth-watering taste.

“Using the locally-sourced ingredients there are 250,000 possible combinations to order your burger at Five Guys as well as over 1,000 possible ways to customise your milkshake!”

Next

The opening date for the giant new Next outlet at Marsh Mills in Plymouth has finally been revealed.

It is understood that the major fashion retailer will open its doors to customers on Monday, February 18.

The new-age Marsh Mills development was initially due to fully completed in November in time for the Christmas retail rush.

The new Next store takes shape at Marsh Mills
The new Next store takes shape at Marsh Mills

But RTS Construction Group, the Leicestershire firm behind the creation of the multi-million pound ‘destination store’, revealed in September that it was running behind schedule.

Work on the £10.5million Next store – set to boast three floors, a 10m high atrium and ROBOTS operating a click-and-collect hub – will now be fully completed on just over a month’s time.

Starbucks

Plymouth could be getting a drive-thru Starbucks as the global coffee giant unveils plans to build one in Plympton.

The multi-million pound company has put forward plans to build the new drive-thru at Coypool Retail Park – a stone’s throw away from three other Costa Coffee shops.

It would be built on the car park previously used for customers of the now closed B&Q, which has been converted into three units – HBH Woolacotts, Dreams and Furniture World.

In the adjoining retail parks, there are already two Costa Coffees, as well as another one about to open inside the brand new Next building just metres away.

In a planning application to the council, agents on behalf of Starbucks say the scheme would see a “self-contained single storey building” constructed on the site of overspill car park, not currently being used by the retail units.

It continues: “The proposals include new hard and soft landscaping, comprising of new kerbs, paving and drive thru lane, while pedestrian access has been accommodated with pedestrian crossings and pavements on the site.”

A Board Game Cafe

A board game cafe serving food, coffee and alcohol is set to open in Plymouth boasting over 300 different games.

Twist will open in the city centre in February at a yet to be revealed location.

The cafe says it will be working with local suppliers including a coffee roastery, breweries and bakeries to serve up a “top-quality, locally-sourced menu of food and drink”.

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Twist says it will have hundreds of board games available to play, this library will be constantly updated to include new releases from the big publishers and small indie studios.

There will also be ‘Game Gurus’ on hand – dedicated staff who can help you choose a game to suit your group, teach you the rules and get you started and answer any questions you have as you go along.

Entry costs £5 for adults and £4 for kids and you can stay up to four hours at busy times or indefinitely if there’s nobody waiting for your table.

Teignmouth

Domino’s Takeaway

Teignmouth is set to get its first Domino’s Pizza.

Planners approved turning the derelict One Stop shop on Bitton Park Road in the seaside town into a takeaway.

Teignbridge District Council planners voted in favour of changing the use of the old Dillons convenience store/One Stop shop from a shop to a takeaway.

Three is giving its customers free pizza courtesy of Dominos
Three is giving its customers free pizza courtesy of Dominos

The building is currently vacant and in a state of disrepair, and has been so since the Tesco store was constructed in 2008.

No details as to who the applicants are were revealed at the meeting, and the report to the committee stated that no end user is presently mooted.

But a document issue register submitted with the planning application say that the Domino’s Pizza Group are the client.

The takeaway would be open 11am to 11pm, seven days a week, and was recommended for approval by officers.

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