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The developer of the Filmworks site in central Ealing has announced the names of some of the businesses expected to take up residence.

The new tenants would be situated within the Filmworks piazza and on Bond Street. St George, which is part of the Berkeley Group, plan to have a wide range of restaurants, cafes bars and shops as well as an eight-screen cinema operated by Picturehouse.

Gym network 1 Rebel, New-York inspired fried buttermilk chicken shop Butchies, and Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya are the first to sign up to move into the development. They are scheduled to open later this year.

1Rebel will be opening a new boutique called Rig as part of its expansion into residential locations outside of the city. It has recently opened in Hammersmith.

Giles Dean, co-founder of 1Rebel, said, “Our new studio in Ealing will form part of our expansion outside central London as we look to continue to offer a more flexible approach for our customers. As many gym-goers across London enjoy a hybrid way of working, our new studio in Ealing will allow 1Rebel to continue to fit seamlessly into their new lifestyles.

“We’re excited to be operating within a new development that will soon benefit from Crossrail, a new cinema and a strong mix of likeminded, innovative brands. Our studio will have a great playlist, fantastic lighting and will leave customers bursting with endorphins. It will be the perfect place for residents to meet and work out together with their neighbours.”

Butchies already has branches in Camden, Clapham, Shoreditch and Victoria. The new restaurant at 1,300 sq ft will be its largest restaurant to date including 15 internal covers and outdoor seating for 30 customers. It will also operate a takeaway and delivery service.

Garrett FitzGerald, Owner of Butchies, said, “Ealing has always been on our radar – our operations manager was born and raised in the borough so he has played a key role in finding the best space for us to open our first restaurant outside of central London. We love Filmworks and the positioning it offers us being located both within the piazza and on Bond Street, and with the cinema due to open next year we see this area becoming a real hub for Ealing.

“We know from our data that Butchies takeaways are really popular in Ealing so it will be great to provide these customers with the option of dining in, in what will be our biggest restaurant to date. We’re really looking forward to opening our doors later this year and the opportunities operating in such a vibrant and fun location will bring!”

Kanada-Ya, which specialises in Tonkotsu ramen and marks the restaurant’s first site within a purpose-built development. The group first opened its first restaurant in London in 2014 and now has restaurants in Angel, Piccadilly, Hong Kong and Spain.

Aaron Burgess-Smith, Director of Kanada-Ya UK, said: “Filmworks will bring a range of high-quality and diverse operators to Ealing, with the retention of the art-deco façade and reintroduction of the cinema proving to be a huge draw. We’re excited to be part of that and building relationships with both the Filmworks residents and neighbouring operators.

“Ealing is well placed to accommodate an authentic and respected ramen restaurant and we’re looking forward to serving the sizeable Japanese community in and around the area, many of whom have supported Kanada-Ya since our opening.”

Kanada-Ya will also be available for delivery & to take-away.

Stephen Kirwan, Managing Director, St George West London, said, “We are delighted to announce 1Rebel, Butchies and Kanada-Ya as the first businesses opening within our leisure quarter at Filmworks. With many of our residents moving in it is fast becoming a vibrant community, which will only be strengthened with the arrival of these exciting and popular offerings.

“We’ve received strong interest in the retail and restaurant space at Filmworks and look forward to revealing new offerings very soon.”

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