Red's True Barbecue opens Leicester restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Red's True Barbecue opens Leicester restaurant

Related tags: Barbecue, Restaurant, Casual dining

Red’s True Barbecue has opened its first Leicester restaurant, inside a BrewDog bar.

The smokehouse group began running a kitchen residency at the site in February and has now launched a separate 75-cover upstairs space and extended its opening hours to seven days a week.

It is the first new opening for Red’s since it closed its only London restaurant in early 2018.

“There’s been lots of positive guest feedback about the quality of the food and the choice available, so we’re super excited to be able to respond to this local appetite for what we do, by opening seven days, creating our own restaurant space and adding more barbecue favourites onto the menu,” says Red’s co-founder James Douglas.

Douglas and Scott Munro launched Red’s in Leeds in 2012, and the brand grew to eight sites in the north, midlands and London.

In 2015 it received a £5m investment from a group of senior industry figures​ including Tortilla founder Brandon Stephens and Pho founder Stephen Wall, and planned to grow in London out of a Shoreditch base.

But the Shoreditch site closed in 2018,​ with the group blaming “current market forces” for halting its expansion plans.

Red’s currently runs seven standalone restaurants in Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.  

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