Gordons helps trendy coffee and wine bar expand across the south

Friday 27th November 2015

Gordons is aiding the ambitions of rapidly-expanding upmarket coffee shop chain, Artigiano, as it prepares to open its sixth outlet in less than three years.

Artigiano is a continental style espresso and wine bar that aims to create a relaxed and stylish environment that can be enjoyed any time day or night.

The owners of Artigiano are set to launch and roll out a new restaurant and takeaway concept called Base and Barley in Exeter and will offer wood fired sour dough pizzas alongside craft beers and boutique wines. The company has other sites in London and Reading, a further two in Cardiff, and a third bar is planned to open in Exeter next summer.

Simon Mydlowski, partner, and Rachel Thompson, solicitor, from the commercial property team at Gordons, have provided advice to Artigiano in relation to acquiring the new sites and securing the leases.

Stephen Keogh, director of Artigiano, said: “Our business is expanding quickly, having opened five sites in a little over two years, and a further handful in the pipeline. It is clear to see in the work that Simon has carried out for us that he has tremendous experience in the leisure and hospitality sector and understands what we are trying to achieve. The advice we have received from him has been valuable in our expansion programme, always enabling us to strike a deal which suits our business model perfectly.”

During the day, Artigiano sells a range of coffees, teas, juices and pastries, whilst at night customers can enjoy cocktails, wine and craft beer. The outlets host live acoustic music and DJ sessions in the evening too.

Mr Mydlowski said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Artigiano at a pivotal time for the business. It is great to see it going from strength to strength.

“The independent coffee shop market is thriving as consumers demand a more personal touch and artisan food and drink. Artigiano is able to meet this need but also brings something new to the sector; switching its offering to suit customers visiting at different times of day.”