Three exciting restaurants are coming to Food Social, and not a chain in sight!

Ready your taste buds! The Burger Priest, Skewer, and Chi are coming to The Grafton.

Three new restaurant brands are currently fitting out and will be opening soon at Food Social in The Grafton.

The Burger Priest, an eye-catching new burger bar, Skewer, a Turkish restaurant and Chi, an Asian street-food concept that serves fresh bao-filled buns, are all joining Amélie Flam-kuche on the first floor of Food Social at The Grafton, while La Piazza by Signorelli will operate from the ground floor mall.

John O’Shea, centre manager at The Grafton, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for us at The Grafton. Delivering a vibrant and exciting food offering at the shopping centre has been our priority and we’re delighted to be welcoming three top-quality and authentic brands to Food Social.

“We have been really pleased with the impact that Amélie Flam-kuche has made and know La Piazza will be well received when they open early in September too. The arrival of these three other concepts means that we are taking a giant step towards delivering on the community’s wish to have a far more diverse food offering here at The Grafton.”

The Burger Priest launched in 2017 after three years of planning. Focused on hand-built and quality burgers created to spec, the business will bring signature plates, authentic milkshakes as well as several special bun-based dishes to the Cambridge local community. It will also operate a licensed drinks and cocktail bar alongside its delicious menu.

Keith Fox, director at The Burger Priest and someone with over 33 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, said The Grafton team’s ambition to grow its independent food offering instantly is what particularly appealed about bringing his concept to Cambridgeshire.

He said: “When we began speaking about the opportunity to come to The Grafton, it was immediately clear the management team and Legal & General – the owners of the shopping centre – are very ambitious with its plan to improve the independent food offering. It was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down.

“We pride ourselves on delivering good, honest, burgers and have grown very quickly over the last two years. We feel The Burger Priest will bring something completely different to The Grafton and can’t wait to spread our wings in Cambridge later in the year.”

Skewer will be run by Ali Karakilic and Murad Temel, the two minds behind the successful BBQ Grill N Bar restaurant near Cambridge train station, and will bring what they describe as ‘an upmarket Turkish experience with Mediterranean flavours’.

Bringing its famous meze and moussaka selections to the table at The Grafton, shoppers and foodies can look forward to a top quality, fresh only, menu as well as a variety of cocktails and wine.

Mr Karakilic said: “We’re very excited to be opening Skewer at The Grafton and being the first Turkish restaurant to come to the shopping centre. We have had a lot of positive feedback about our food and service at BBQ Grill N Bar and we see this as the next step for us.

“We believe Skewer is going to be bigger and better and will deliver a real authentic Turkish experience and we can’t wait to work with the team at The Grafton to bring our vision to life.”

Chi, which is the first bao restaurant in Cambridge, will serve freshly prepared meats and vegetables with unique Asian flavours that can be eaten in or taken away. In addition to its bao-filled buns, it has banh mi rolls, various side plates, including its amazing chicken wings, noodle and rice bowls, salads, bubble waffles and bubble tea.

Chi is also recruiting full and part-time members of staff to join its team.

Aidan Tjinakiet said: “Growing up in Cambridge, I have been visiting The Grafton since I was a child and am very excited to be able to launch Chi there. We are really looking forward to bringing Food Social to life alongside all of the other brands.”

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