New, bigger Zazu’s is set for success

December 22 2014

ALTHOUGH only a stone's throw from their former site, Zazu's Kitchen has made big strides with its latest restaurant development in Gloucester Road.

ALTHOUGH only a stone's throw from their former site, Zazu's Kitchen has made big strides with its latest restaurant development in Gloucester Road.
Larger, yet still maintaining its cosy, friendly feel, the new venue aims to accommodate for the increase in customers Zazu's has experienced over the years.
The swift transition between the two sites - the new location being the former Delmonico's restaurant, 100 yards down the road - took place over several days last month.
Co-founder Toby Bywater said: “Zazu’s has built up such a loyal, local following since opening up on the Gloucester Road over two years ago that we outgrew our small site.
“When the nearby Delmonico’s restaurant decided to close its doors, we saw it as an opportunity to improve our customer offering.
“We are very proud to be a local, independent, restaurant on one of the best [independent] shopping streets in the UK.
"To find a new and better home is great for us, especially if it means keeping out one of the brasher corporate national chains.”
Besides a larger kitchen and extra space for more customers, the new venue has a private upstairs dining room, which is free to use and suitable for large parties. The additional space also allowed Zazu's to launch a Christmas menu for the first time.
The 100k redevelopment involved improving the frontage, enlarging and sprucing up the front terrace, creating a new bar area for casual drinkers, and revamping the front and back dining areas.
The new set up also retains the restaurant’s signature vintage ercol 60s furniture.
The former Zazu's site has now been taken on by Biblos - another Bristol-based business, popular for its healthy wraps, influenced by Caribbean and Middle Eastern flavours.
The cafe, set to open in January, will be the third in Bristol.
Delmonico’s owner Nick Hennessey has been kept on as part of the Zazu's team. He said: "It [was] a sad day for me, my wife and daughter, closing after 14 years on the Gloucester Road, but we are very excited to be working with the Zazu’s team.
"They have such a great vision for the place and are very much about being a friendly, unpretentious neighbourhood eaterie which is what Delmonico’s was all about. We believe our regulars will love the new set up."
Besides the Gloucester Road site, the Zazu's team also has a restaurant in Southville, as well as several pubs including Greenbank in Easton, and The Grace, also in Gloucester Road.
Zazu's originally established itself in Stokes Croft in 2010, but moved to Bishopston in 2012.
A third site is set to open in Bristol next Spring.

Zazu's downstairs dining area