Award-winning Derby restaurant COSMO to close as refurbishment continues

COSMO Derby is set to close its doors to the public for a few days as work continues on refurbishing the city centre restaurant.

Additional booth seating for large groups, a specially-commissioned mural and a more open plan dining area will be key features of the new-look COSMO Derby.

The restaurant chain’s flagship branch in Manchester city centre will be the inspiration behind the refurbishment at COSMO Derby. Designed by the multi award-winning Robert Angell – who has previously worked with Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing – COSMO Manchester was shortlisted for a Restaurant & Bar Award for its architectural design in 2018.

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COSMO director Kan Koo is excited about work being done at the Derby branch, which will force the closure of the restaurant from Monday, April 1. It will re-open from 5.30pm on Friday, April 5.

He said: “Work has already started on refurbishing COSMO Derby, giving it a fresh, new look and I’m sure our guests will like the improvements we are making.

“It’s a beautiful, art deco building with a wealth of history. We want to introduce a host of new design innovations to rival our Manchester branch while also staying sympathetic to its roots, which date back to 1934 when it was the Gaumont cinema.

“Our live cooking stations will remain and our popular dessert counter will be new and improved; with more variety of cakes, puddings and sweet treats. Our ice-cream machine, popcorn machine and chocolate fountain – which always go down well with younger guests – will take centre stage in the dessert section.”

COSMO world buffet opened in the former Zanzibar nightclub, London Road, in May 2013. It is one of Derby’s most established restaurants and is particularly popular with families.

Diners can enjoy a variety of authentic dishes from across the globe; from Chinese, Thai and Indian to Italian-inspired pizza and pasta. And, best of all, it’s unlimited – meaning guests can go back for seconds or event thirds.

In 2018, COSMO Derby scooped the title of Buffet Restaurant of the Year and Best Oriental Establishment in the Midlands at the Food England Awards.

Mr Koo added: “We are still taking bookings for Mother’s Day – which is always a popular time for us – and there will be tables available for Friday evening, from 5.30pm onwards.

“We can’t wait for Derby’s diners to come along and see how we’ve improved the COSMO experience.”


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