RESTAURANT tycoon Marlon Abela has spoken of plans to build up his restaurant empire.
Abela - the man behind quality London sites the Greenhouse, Umu and members bar Morton’s -currently operates two sites in North America alongside the London establishments. He told the London Paper he plans a further 12 restaurants in the next five years.
The A Voce Italian restaurant he currently operates in New York is scheduled to roll out in at least seven new sites, along with some larger versions of the Michelin starred Umu and a new bistro concept for London.
Currently Abela’s restaurant empire - trading under the name Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation or MARC - turns over £40 million; a figure he hopes will reach £200 million with the planned rollouts.
Abela inherited a fortune from his father’s foodservice business, and has been investing it in restaurants and clubs since the speedy opening of three fine dining establishments in six months back in April 2004.
Speaking to Restaurant Magazine back in 2006 Abela already had expansion plans on his mind once he was satisfied with the early sites’ success.
“In London our outlook was always to start with the flagship operations, hence The Greenhouse, Morton’s and Umu," he said.
"I think London still has a long way to go as a market, that’s why we want to be players here. London particularly has a long way to go in terms of middle market and eventually we will contribute to that.”