Greyhound Café pulls into London

By Mark Wingett

- Last updated on GMT

Greyhound Café to open London restaurant

Related tags: Europe, Thailand

Trendy Thailand-based restaurant concept Greyhound Café is heading to the UK and hopes to eventually expand across Europe by way of a franchise model.

Parent company Mudman will open a 120-cover restaurant in the former Black & Blue site in Berners Street, Fitzrovia, in November.

The company is set to invest between £1.8m and £2.4m on its first UK site and is hoping to generate £3m-£4m in revenue.

The initial London site and any further openings on these shores will be company-owned, whilst openings elsewhere will be done under a franchise agreement.

Greyhound Café is an influential group in Thailand, a branded take on a contemporary Bangkok cafe that offers authentic Thai food alongside some western dishes and high quality coffee.

The brand has eight sites in Thailand (all but two are in Bangkok) and also operates restaurant under franchise agreements in other Asian counties including China and Malaysia.

“After England, we will target opening Greyhound Cafés in one to two more European countries a year,” says Mudman chief executive Nadim Xavier Salhani. “We believe in the cafe brand image and uniqueness.”

Alan Yau’s short-lived but well-received Naamyaa​ was based on a Bangkok café.

A version of this article first appeared on BigHospitality's sister title MCA Insight (www.mca-insight.com​)

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