Pan-Asian restaurant chain Tampopo has revealed plans to expand at a rate of three or four sites a year, starting with the opening of its seventh site in Reading this summer.
A 120-cover restaurant will launch at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading in July, almost two years after Tampopo launch its last site in Bristol.
Serving a similar menu of healthy Pan-Asian street food as Tampopo’s six other sites, the restaurant will also adopt the same interior design, which Nick Jeffrey, co-founder and chief executive, said has ‘finally been perfected.’
He told BigHospitality that while the group had been focusing its operation in the North West, Tampopo would now have more of a presence in the South.
“We want to open another one or two this year, looking at sites in Central London where we’d really like to start a base of our restaurants,” he said.
Shopping centre vs. high street
Jeffrey also added that while the informal dining concept worked well within shopping centre environments, the group would be looking to expand to high street locations in the future, and at a faster rate.
“In early 2011 we will be looking to raise funding so we can grow at an accelerated rate of three or four a year, again, focusing on the South East.”
Tampopo currently operates three restaurants in Manchester, and three sites in Leeds, Chelsea and Bristol.