More indie retailers and eateries sign up to take space in CARGO’s next phase

March 17, 2017

The latest line-up of independent businesses set to join the second phase of Bristol’s innovative shipping container retail hub has been announced.

Gopal’s Curry Shack, The Bristol Cheesemonger and a new venture from stylish bar operator Brace & Browns are among those confirmed to move into CARGO 2 – part of the Wapping Wharf development on Harbourside.

The first phase of CARGO, which opened last year, has already established itself as a showcase for Bristol’s indie food and drink sector.

CARGO 2, which is due to open in May, will extend the site by more than three times its current size as it continues to attract an eclectic mix of retailers, bars and restaurants. .

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, said: “It is great to have this trio of fantastic independent retailers join CARGO at Wapping Wharf. CARGO 2 is shaping up to have a brilliant mix of businesses on board, ranging from a yoga studio to a massage studio, from a jeweller’s to a juice bar, and including an amazing array of tasty food options that hail from around the world.”

Gopal’s Curry Shack serves vibrant and creative Indian inspired street food with a seasonal British twist.

“We are so excited to be joining a fabulous community of independent retailers at CARGO. The CARGO development is a perfect fit for us: independent businesses, community focused and forward thinking. Our vision is to bring colour, a little bit of spice and delicious vegetarian Indian street food to Wapping Wharf!”, said Melanie Taylor of Gopal’s Curry Shack.

The Bristol Cheesemonger is a small independent business specialising in local and UK territorial cheeses. Building a strong relationship with the dairy or farm, it goes straight to source collecting the best local and seasonal cheeses from within the West Country.  

Rosie Morgan, owner of The Bristol Cheesemonger, said: “As the business owner, I am excited about the new opportunities moving to CARGO will bring my business, as well as being surrounded by such a variety of small independent retailers.”

Meanwhile, the new venture into CARGO 2 from Brace & Browns will be “the fancier, younger and sexier cousin of Brace & Browns”, bringing plush cocktails and a new sharing style of eating to the scene. Its name will be unveiled at a later date.

“Wapping Wharf is such a cool concept; it’s fast become a real hub of Bristol living. It embodies everything that makes this city so brilliant: innovative design, amazing food, a stunning location, great people and very good times. Being a part of Wapping Wharf was too big an opportunity to turn down. We can’t wait to open, join the neighbourhood and continue feeding, watering and entertaining the fine folk of Brizzle”, said David Brown, owner of Brace & Browns.

Other previously announced retailers joining CARGO 2 include:

Mabboo – Mabboo is an independent Bristol-based retailer specialising solely in clothing and accessories made using the world’s most sustainable plant, Bamboo.

Spuntino – Meaning “snack” in Italian, Spuntino specialises in small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food, set in a charming and elegant interior inspired by the roadside diners of 1950s America.

Gambas – Gambas is the sister restaurant to Bristol’s favourite tapas bar, Bravas, and will be specialising in prawns, seafood and authentic Andalusian tapas.

Salt & Malt – Chef and restaurateur, Josh Eggleton, will open a second Salt & Malt, serving signature gluten free fish and chips, as well as holding popup events and tasting menus. Salt & Malt Cargo will include an outdoor terrace with stunning views of The Matthew and Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

The Athenian – The Athenian is a street food endeavour following in the steps of traditional Greek souvlaki. 

John Kelly 1880+ – Selling design-led jewellery, silver and metalware, circa 1880 to the present day, with a slant toward post-war Scandinavian and British design.

Pure Yoga – Pure Yoga will be offering lunchtime express classes as well as early morning and evening classes for all levels. 

CUPP Bubble Tea – CUPP specialises in authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles. CARGO will be CUPP’s third opening in Bristol.

The Pickled Brisket – Bristol’s first dedicated salt beef bar, serving locally-sourced hot salt beef sandwiches.

Oliver’s Ice Cream Ltd – Oliver’s is coming to CARGO with a proven track record in making artisan Italian ice cream (gelato) and sorbets from almost entirely natural ingredients.

Loop Massage – Loop will be a small, perfectly formed oasis of calm, offering bespoke, affordable massage to the people of Bristol.

TARE – TARE will be a 20-cover restaurant, with a menu regularly changing throughout the year allowing the team to work with the season’s best local produce.

Story @ Cargo – Story @ Cargo aims to become the neighbourhood butchery and take-away dedicated to using whole animals as much as possible, raised responsibly, often organic and always free-range.  

Big Juice – Big Juice will provide nutritional, freshly-prepared fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies.

CARGO 1 is already open and home to Woky Ko, Chicken Shed, Shambarber, The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, PIGSTY, Bristol Cider Shop, BOX-E, Lovett Pies and Corks of Cargo.

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