Grosvenor has announced that Côte, the French brasserie chain, is to open a 2,707 sq ft restaurant on Liverpool ONE's Paradise Street, continuing a leisure parade of Jamie's Italian, Byron and Browns Restaurants.
Côte, occupying the former Sony unit, will be split over two levels with an outside terrace and is due to open in early December. It will be the group's first restaurant in the city, and only its second in the North West, after Manchester.
Côte launched with its first site in Wimbledon in 2007. The brand has traditionally been focused on the South and South East, but is expanding to selected locations throughout the UK.
Miles Dunnett, head of asset management, Grosvenor Liverpool Fund, said: "Over the last 18 months, we have focused on attracting premium dining brands to Liverpool ONE to create a concentration of restaurants on Paradise Place, adjacent to John Lewis, to complement the existing offer on The Terrace. Côte finalises the mix, joining Byron, Browns and Jamie's Italian in establishing a new premium dining destination in the city."
Harald Samuelsson, joint managing director of Côte, added: "Liverpool has a thriving restaurant scene, driven to a great extent by the success of Liverpool ONE. These factors combined made our decision to debut in the city an easy one. We are in a fantastic and well-established location, and look forward to bringing great value, high quality all day French dining to Liverpool."
Côte brings to 10 the number of food and drink brands to have joined Liverpool ONE since January 2013. The brands, which range from grab-and-go operators to premium casual dining, total almost 40,000 sq ft. The new additions include a number of North West and Liverpool firsts, such as Bill's Restaurant, Byron, TGI Friday's, Tortilla and Hotel Chocolat's Cocoa Bar Café.
Liverpool ONE sales are up 12% in the year-to-date compared to the same period in 2013.
Cushman & Wakefield and Tushingham Moore acted for Liverpool ONE. Côte dealt directly.