Shoryu Ramen to open first franchise restaurant

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Interior Design by Blenheim Design
Interior Design by Blenheim Design

Related tags: Shoryu Ramen, Casual dining, Multi-site, R200, Franchising

Shoryu Ramen will open its first UK franchised restaurant this summer on Kensington High Street.

The London-based group has signed a franchise partnership with Bowl Life Ltd – a subsidiary of Restaurants Inc, a development vehicle founded by sector investor Krishan Katyal and Dominic Ford.

“We wanted to be in an area alongside some of the best restaurant brands and operators because we see Shoryu as a market leader, serving outstanding Hakata Tonkotsu ramen and with a really high quality fit out,” says Katyal.

“This area of London has a really nice, buzzy vibe throughout the day and evening and has become a very popular destination area for eating and drinking.”

The 70 seat restaurant is being designed by Maja Myall at Blenheim Design will include open theatrical kitchens and mini dining pods for smaller groups.

Bowl Life Ltd plans to open at least three new Shoryu Ramen restaurants over the next few years and have ambitions to look beyond London for future development, capitalising on the 'continued growth and appeal of authentic Japanese cuisine in the UK market'.

It was reported back in October​ that Shoryu Ramen, which operates around 10 sites across the capital in high profile locations including Covent Garden and Soho, was restarting its plans to open franchise restaurants across the UK and internationally, having previously sought to launch a franchising programme before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The group has partnered with Ford Consultancy Group to develop its franchise rollout within the UK and beyond.

Katyal has partnered with Ford Consultancy Group, which will provide operational and management expertise for the restaurants.

“We are excited to be welcoming our first Shoryu franchise partner Bowl Life Ltd this year,” says Tak Tokumine, Shoryu CEO.

“What is especially unique about this opportunity is the chance to work in conjunction with Ford Consultancy - experts in the industry - to help us realise our vision in bringing our authentic Hakata tonkotsu ramen and famed Japanese hospitality across London and beyond.”

Shoryu also operates Japan Centre, Yokocho Ramen and Ichiba Japanese Food Hall at Westfield Shepherds Bush.

Related topics: Openings, Casual Dining

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