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Davis Coffer Lyons

Global Leisure Consultancy

Davis Coffer Lyons is the only leisure adviser able to offer a truly global knowledge of our marketplace. We advise developers from around the world on how to create a point of difference within their schemes through introducing key international restaurant concepts. We employ a dynamic approach to targeting the right users for each unique project around the world, advising the widest collection of international developers together with the growing body of class operators who wish to be represented in all continents.

A vibrant and balanced leisure offer tailored to the personality of the scheme, ethnicity and customer audience ingrained within its strategy, is paramount to the success of that development. Food is now seen as an essential part of the customer experience, helping increase dwell times and combat online shopping. The right food and beverage mix ensures the leisure offer for every development is a draw in its own right.

As well as advising UK operators to source overseas opportunities and help them break down the barriers of planning and leasing uncertainty, we also work with international operators who want to enter the UK market. Such is our recognised position; those operators intent on expanding globally will seek us out, either directly or with a UK mentor, to learn of opportunities that are available.

We act as a library for international developers keen to learn of rising new UK concepts that have compatibility with their own countries and cultures, and the appetite and scalability to go abroad, either company owned or via a franchisee receiver. This can take the form of an ongoing retainer for the quarterly report, and/or agency, in terms of effecting introductions.

International Track Record: 

  • Elements at Union Square, Hong Kong: Consultancy brief including bringing high-style New York restaurant Megu to the largest mixed-use development in the world, centred on the redevelopment of Kowloon station (a new transport hub for Hong Kong and China). *
  • Heron Cities in Stockholm, Madrid and Barcelona: Responsible for introducing City Centre Restaurants for their Frankie & Benny’s brand roll-out.
  • Eurofund Investments Zaragoza SL: Consultancy advice for this joint venture between British Land and Orion Capital Managers, a £1billion scheme, Puerto Venecia, in Zaragoza. Puerto Venecia is Europe's largest retail and leisure destination, comprising 2.1 million sq ft of fashion, sport, retail, dining, recreation and adventure activities. DCL provided a food and beverage strategy to set the offer apart and deliver an exciting line up of restaurants and cafes never before seen in a shopping environment in Spain.

International Operators:

  • Acting on behalf of the Crown Estate on the transformation of St James, DCL introduced US based Altamarea Group for its Chop Shop concept and Madrid’s Bilbao Berria.
  • As adviser to Covent Garden London, DCL was involved in a deal to bring Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack to London, as its first UK restaurant. Located in the historic Market Building near the Royal Opera House.
  • Secured Copenhagen’s Sticks ‘n’ Sushi at sites in Wimbledon and Covent Garden on behalf of two separate landlords.
  • New York’s Balthazar restaurant to Covent Garden on behalf of Covent Garden London.
  • Advising The Crown Estate, DCL brought MASH (Modern American Steak House), the restaurant brand owned by Copenhagen Concepts ApS, for its first restaurant outside Denmark at the Quadrant 3 development in London’s Brewer Street.
  • Advising the Ippudo Group from Japan, New York and Sydney to secure their first in the UK as part of a more comprehensive roll out.
  • Brought Olive Oil and Oregano to the UK from mainland Greece and Thessalonika to open their first shopping centre food court outlet outside their homeland within Westfield Centres of Merryhill and Stratford City  
  • Let US Gourmet Mexican operation Cantina Laredo its first European unit at Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard development.
  • Brokered transaction for Aqua to take its first store outside Hong Kong, on London’s Regent Street, on behalf of the landlord Shearer Delancey.  
  • Sourced a property for the Buddha Lounge Group for their first foray outside Paris and into the London market.
  • Secured the site for Megu London on Bruton Street, Mayfair, which was latterly sold to the Tamaseem Group to trade as Hakkasan.
  • Let Dubai’s Okku a flagship site in St James on behalf of Legal & General.
  • Assisted Tibits vegetarian brand from Switzerland to ensure it secured its first London branch in the West End as part of The Crown Estate’s holdings
  • Brokered a letting to The Meat Co at Westfield London for their first outside Sydney and Israel.
  • Secured the Australian boutique coffee brand St Ali for their flagship roasterie in Clerkenwell and their first satellite in St Christopher’s Place, Sensory Lab, both now re-branded as Workshop Coffee
  • Let exclusive restaurant Cipriani its Mayfair site on behalf of landlord City Site Estates.
  • Secured South African restaurateurs TH Restaurants at Grosvenor’s Festival Place development in Basingstoke and at Westfield London for its Ciao Baby Cucina concept.
  • DCL also brokered the deal that saw American restaurant giant Brinker International buy back its franchise rights from UK company Casual Dining Holdings with a view to rapid expansion of its Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill brands throughout the UK.


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