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Artcaffe targets Nairobi’s CBD as it expands operations

Restaurant chain, Artcaffé is setting its sights on Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) with an outlet currently under construction at Westminster House next to The New Stanley Hotel along Kenyatta Avenue. Sources also say, the restaurant chain is setting up another outlet along Kimathi Street.

The firm recently opened a branch in Kitengela, the 29th branch, with a seating capacity of over 100 and intimated that several other locations will be rolled out soon.

The Artcaffé Group is currently owned by US private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) after it acquired it shortly after selling Java to Dubai-based Abraaj.

The ArtCaffe Group’s business consists of bakeries, coffee houses, Dormans, Tapas Ceviche Bar, Urban Gourmet Burgers and Oh Cha Noodle Bar. The group also operates a central bakery, kitchen, and logistics centre that prepares and distributes artisanal baked goods, food, and drink shipments to its restaurants.

Artcaffe started operations in Kenya in 2008 though its focus has largely been Nairobi’s high-end shopping malls. ECP managing director Paul Maasdorp said the firm is embarking on a fresh round of expansion.

“Artcaffé Group’s family of 1,385 dedicated and passionate staff is expected to grow by an additional 400 people over the next four months across the new outlets,” said Artcaffé in a statement.

It acquired Dormans Coffee in 2014, expanding its footprint in Nairobi and Mombasa, which granted it an opportunity to sell branded coffee, Artcaffe Fairtrade Coffee Blend sourced from Nyeri and Machakos counties.

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