A husband-and-wife team who own two German restaurants in London have opened their first site outside of the capital in what could pave the way for future regional franchise expansion.
Rene and Sabine von Reth, who run the Bavarian Beerhouse in Old Street and Tower Hill, will open their third site in the centre of Bristol next week.
Gloucestershire-based MJS Catering & Refrigeration Equipment provided the equipment for the new site.
The Bristol restaurant is the couple’s first attempt at franchising and it hopes the move will allow the concept to expand more quickly.
They are providing a business consulting package for anyone interested in opening a Bavarian Beerhouse, which includes concept implementation, venue support, supplier sourcing, purchasing and equipment selection.
The von Reths believe that the concept is viable in any UK city with a population above 500,000. On the franchise section of the website, they estimate that the initial set-up cost of opening a new location is a minimum of £75,000, with around £30,000 on equipment.
“For a private business, in rough economy times, we are very proud to have achieved growth without investors,” said Sabine.
The duo chose Bristol as the location for their third restaurant after coming away from the German Beer Fest in 2012 thinking it was an ideal place for the concept.
Sabine said of the 250-cover restaurant: “We’re close to the city centre, the docks, offices and hotels, and we’re looking forward to welcoming both locals and tourists through our doors.”