Research commissioned by Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB), has tracked the number of independent restaurants – those having only one or two sites – in the UK’s major city centres over the last three years and produced unexpectedly upbeat results.
Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB, said “Despite high streets having a torrid time the figures clearly show consumers are hungry to support smaller local restaurant operators, with the North performing particularly well. Visitor registration to NRB is at record levels, demonstrating the confidence and ambition of operators in the regions.”
The research, classed independents as ‘operators having less than three sites’, and focused on cities with ‘over 100 independent restaurant sites’. The study showed Leeds and Newcastle leading the way with a 12.8% increase in the number of independent restaurants.
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