Italian Aperitivo is coming to Stratford-upon-Avon with Veeno, the Italian wine café, opening in the £30 million Bell Court scheme later this year.
Veeno champions Italy’s after-work culture of drinking, nibbling and relaxing, and specialises in family grown Sicilian wine alongside authentic Spuntini including platters of meats, cheese and other appetisers imported from selected Italian producers. This will be Veeno’s 12th store across the UK and the first to open in the West Midlands with sites in Manchester, York, Harrogate and Edinburgh.
The unit will be handed over to Veeno for fit out later this month, with the aim of opening in summer 2017.
John Stacey, Asset Management Director at UK & European Investments, said: “Veeno is another fantastic addition to Bell Court and the relaxed offering will ensure the scheme is a thriving leisure destination throughout the day and into the night. Stratford-upon-Avon’s wine connoisseurs are certainly in for a treat!
“As a smaller brand, Veeno complements the diverse mix of national and independent occupiers already secured at Bell Court.”
Andrea Zecchino, co-founder of Veeno, said: “We’re looking forward to expanding Veeno into the West Midlands and bringing a taste of Italian culture to Stratford-upon-Avon. Bell Court is the perfect market for us and represents a great opportunity to build our brand alongside national bar and restaurant operators.”
Veeno will occupy a prime position on the ground floor of the new Everyman cinema – due to open in just a couple of weeks – adjacent to two new restaurants, Miller and Carter and Byron. Additionally, diners will be able to enjoy views of the new living wall and Puck sculpture that are now located in Bell Court.
The deal was completed by Time Retail Partners and Nashbond on behalf of UK & European Investments and PHLD on behalf of Veeno.
Bell Court comprises over 70,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and leisure space. Over the last 18 months the scheme has been redeveloped with a vision of becoming a top retail and leisure destination at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Many of the buildings have been remodelled and vast improvements have been made to the public realm, including feature lighting throughout the development, new brighter and more welcoming entrances, high quality landscaping and wooden seating, a living wall and the introduction of public open space for events and outdoor entertainment.
Anyone wanting to watch the construction work that has been completed at Bell Court to date can do so by viewing the time-lapse movies on the following link: http://ukandeuropean.reachtimelapse.co.uk/bellcourt/