New restaurant jobs to be created in Plymouth and London

A number of hospitality jobs are to be created in Plymouth as restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre prepares to open a new site in the city in March this year.

The independent chain of French restaurants hopes to fill a total of 30 vacancies and is looking for chefs, kitchen porters and full-time/part-time waiting staff, reports thisisplymouth.co.uk.

"We look for people who genuinely care about excellent customer service, who're friendly, enthusiastic and willing to work hard in a busy and exciting environment," Rob Beacham, co-founder of Le Bistrot Pierre, told the news provider.

Mr Beacham said attracting, retaining and nurturing new employees is "incredibly important" to the business.

"We're serious about investing in their future and career development," he said.

“It gives us a sense of satisfaction to be expanding during tough economic times, but it is the people at the sharp end, working on the restaurant floor, on in the kitchen, that should take the credit. They create the customer experience that has led to our success."

The new restaurant will be located within the Royal William Yard development.

It is the latest of a number of restaurant and other hospitality firms to open a site at the regenerated waterfront in Plymouth.

In fact, it is now estimated more than 100 jobs will have been created at the Yard in hospitality and catering alone once Le Bistrot Pierre opens for business.

Other hospitality businesses at Royal William Yard include a Prezzo restaurant, the River Cottage Canteen and Deli from celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Royal William Bakery.

"We're delighted Le Bistrot Pierre has committed to the Yard," said Nathan Cornish, director of Royal William Yard developer Urban Splash.

"To create so many jobs in such challenging times, and see businesses forge success, is exactly what Urban Splash strives to achieve with its regeneration schemes. We look forward to their future success."

Meanwhile, Mr Beacham revealed that, while the new Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant will offer its own unique style, it will conform to the same high standards set by the rest of the chain's venues.

"Each of our bistrots is styled a little differently to complement the building they're in," he commented

"But, whilst our look changes between each bistrot, customers must be able to expect the same personal, attentive service and high quality provincial French food wherever they choose to dine with us, so we’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our professional and friendly bistrot teams."

Meanwhile, new chef jobs in London could soon be available following the announcement that all-day breakfast chain the Breakfast Club has bought two new sites in the capital.

The first site is located at 5-9 Battersea Rise in south-west London, formerly Le Bouchon Bordelais restaurant, and comprises a 3,703 sq ft unit next door to the Strada.

The second site is a 3,907 sq ft property at 11 Southwark Street, SE1, close to Borough Market and London Bridge underground station.

With four restaurants in London already – located at Hoxton, Angel, Soho and Spitalfields – the Breakfast Club has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2005 and recently reported a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in sales.

The concept is centred around an ethically sourced, freshly prepared breakfast range from traditional English to pancakes, eggs Benedict, mueslis, porridge and fruit salads.

Its all-day offer also includes wraps, burgers, burritos, pies, sharing plates and salads, while the chain's Spitalfields site also includes the Breakfast Club's first foray into the bar market with an ancillary 40-cover speakeasy and cocktail bar called the Mayor of Scaredy Town.

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