Sunset Hospitality Group, the investment and management group behind brands including Black Tap and Luigia, aims to enter both the Saudi Arabia and UK markets before 2020.
It has revealed a plan to open eight more venues in the second half of 2019, bringing its total portfolio of venues from 16 up to 24, including Black Taps in Riyadh, Jeddah, and even Erbil, Iraq.
At the moment it operates in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Geneva but having reported considerable growth in business performance in 2019 compared to 2018, plans to expand further.
Antonio Gonzalez, CEO of Sunset Hospitality Group, said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tops our list when looking at Middle East expansion plans. With 29 million residents and an annual potential growth rate of 3.3%, Saudi Arabia has the largest population in the GCC and is a great market to tap into, particularly its youth population who continue to become increasingly open to Western consumer trends.”
He added: ““We see huge untapped potential for this market, so we need to properly position ourselves to cater to the demands of Saudi based consumers and attract a bigger share of this sector.”
As well as Black Tap’s expansion in the Middle East, Greek restaurant Ammos and Azure Beach Club, both currently operating at Rixos Premium JBR Dubai, will both see second locations opening in the region.
The UK will see a Q4 opening of fried chicken brand Sweet Chick, which recently held a pop-up in Dubai at Sole DXB, and Bahrain will welcome a Stage nightclub.
Dubai is set to receive the latest concept from Sunset Hospitality Group, Mood – Rooftop Lounge, in October 2019.