Tom Arnel’s popular Common Grounds concept makes its DIFC Debut
Bull&Roo group announce a second location for their award-winning café
March 18, 2019 – Dubai, UAE: Dubai’s leading homegrown restaurant group, Bull&Roo, have announced the opening of its second Common Grounds location as part of its broader expansion strategy for the group.
Situated in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the new Common Grounds outlet is expected to continue its tradition of serving highly creative, fresh and vibrant dishes that founder Tom Arnel has become famous for. The Common Grounds DIFC team is made up of a diverse and experienced mix with the core of the team coming from Tom Arnel’s Geelong home city. This includes Bull&Roo Operations Manager Matt Connell along with the support of fellow Australians Head Chef Liam Hamling and Restaurant Manager Taylor Kelly, delivering a casual-yet-professional Melbourne style café experience true to the Common Grounds ethos.
The Bull&Roo co-founder and managing director Tom Arnel, said; “Opening in DIFC has been an ambition of ours for some time, and we are delighted to bring the Common Grounds concept to life in what is a prime location. This is the first time that we have opened a second venue for one of our brands, so we are both excited and proud.” Arnel adds, “Our food program is always focused on quality ingredients with fresh takes on classic dishes, so I think the DIFC audience will enjoy what we bring to the table, especially our new amazing takeaway options. We have also designed our indoor and outdoor areas in a way that will offer a light and refreshing feel for our customers to sit back and enjoy, whether that’s simply for a coffee or for lunch.”
The new DIFC outlet represents a hybrid concept that evolves the Common Grounds’ offering to now include a “take away” service where customers can browse and choose from a plentiful and innovative delicatessen-style spread. The location also incorporates amazingly bright dining spaces – both indoors and outdoors – where busy DIFC types can enjoy Tom Arnel’s creative a la carte menu and specialty coffee. A game changing addition of the specialty coffee program is the introduction of the cities’ first 5-cup robotic pour-over machine the ‘Poursteady’. Coffee enthusiasts can enjoy single origins from Bull&Roo’s own Encounter Coffee Roastery, while basking in the unprecedented speed and reliability of this serious piece of Insta-worthy barista equipment.
Those familiar with the original Common Grounds at Mall of Emirates, will know all about the popular breakfast signatures including healthy acai bowls and smashed avo toast. The lunch offering – available from 11.30am – includes popular options like the katsu chicken bowl and vegan burger which are sure to be a hit in DIFC as well. The Common Grounds DIFC kitchen uses Bull&Roo’s own Rise & Dawn Bakehouse bread and pastries, while salads, sandwiches and grab and go items are prepared fresh daily.
Bull&Roo’s expansion comes against a backdrop of growing popularity for independent players in the market as well as consumers’ desire to experience and explore original concepts. The Bull&Roo group have been at the forefront of Dubai’s recent explosion of homegrown concepts, thanks to their multi award-winning restaurants and cafes including Tom&Serg, The Sum of Us, Brunswick at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates and of course the original Common Grounds venue also located in Mall of the Emirates.
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About Common Grounds
Dubai is a unique place to call home. We believe this inquisitive city deserves its own neighbourhood café, a true reflection of a multicultural society. Common Grounds is exactly this, a specialty coffee shop with a big heart.
The light-drenched space, with cooling white tiles, light wooden finishes and pops of lush greenery, offers a sit-back-and-relax epicurean escape in all of its locations all across the city. Our welcoming, efficient, and knowledgeable team will make you feel right at home. It’s a friendly and familiar space for all of us here in this non-stop city.
This is our Common Ground.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Location: Level 2, Balcony Building 5, DIFC Dubai UAE
Telephone: +971 56 511 8732
Founded in Dubai in 2013, Bull&Roo is a socially responsible, home-grown hospitality and investments company. We lead-the-way with creative F&B concepts and beautiful food and drink, inspiring our community through initiatives that get people talking.
We are a passionate, hands-on team born from a love of wholesome food and fresh produce. What gets us up in the morning? (Aside from creating moreish, photo-worthy fare that keeps our guests coming back for more), our collaborative team are passionate about crafting unique food concepts inspired by the architectural spaces in which they’re housed.
The result? Hip urban cafes, bars with a twist of nostalgia, and once-off restaurants with make-you-smile service that you won’t find anywhere else.