BIG, BIG, NEWS about the future of TCT peeps 😎🙌
Check out the official press release below 👇👇👇
Independent boutique operators The Coconut Tree have announced that they are planning to expand to further sites across the UK. This news comes after the latest plans were revealed to open their fifth site in Cardiff in June 2019. Recently crowned ‘Bristol’s Best New Business’ at the Bristol Life Awards 2019, target locations for The Coconut Tree’s expansion include London on the horizon.
We’re made up to welcome David Phelps into the TCT family. David has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry over the last 25 years and has been previously dubbed as the ‘King of Clubs’ with a string of top London and UK bars, clubs and restaurants under his belt including Mahiki, Bodo’s Schloss, Embargo, Hanover Grand, Public and SW1. His operational power and insider knowledge makes him the perfect match for obtaining new sites and acquisitions through networks and franchise conversations.
Having been in partnership with Piers Adam for over 20 years, David once again joined forces with Piers in 2006 to launch celebrity-haunt Mahiki. Being a dab-hand at cocktail making and high-end operations, this partnership aims to propel The Coconut Tree into the next phase of growth.
Operations Director Rodrigo Rashinthe said,
“We are thrilled to be bringing The Coconut Tree to the already burgeoning restaurant scene in Cardiff. Our restaurants are a really fun and informal place to eat and drink where diners can expect hand-made Sri Lankan-made wooden tables amongst a characterful décor of exposed brickwork and graffiti street art. Although we pride ourselves on our traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, made up of small and large dishes, our legendary ‘Cocotails’ also make the perfect addition to any dish.”
Runners-up in the Best Cheap Eats category of The Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coconut Tree was originally founded by Five Sri Lankan friends living in Cheltenham. Praveen Thanginah, Dan Fernando and Shamil Fernando are the Head Chefs and oversee the food side of things; whilst the Board of Directors is made up of Mithra Fernando (Financial Director), Rodrigo Rashinthe (Operations Director) and Anna Garrod (Brand Director). Anna joined the group five months after they opened their first site from The Lucky Onion Group. Anna Garrod says:
“Cardiff seemed like the obvious location for our fifth restaurant and we’re really excited to be joining the already vibrant and growing food scene in the city. As the first Sri Lankan restaurant to open in Cardiff we’re hoping that our authentic Sri Lankan dishes, which cater for vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, will provide tropical tastes to suit everyone’s palette, at an affordable price”
No matter your personal preference, everyone is welcome to the table!