Wagamama set to expand

Japanese noodle bar Wagamama is doubling in size, opening two new central London sites, both designed in-house in association with Antony Munn Associates.

Previously the company used John Pawson and David Chipperfield Architects on interiors for its Bloomsbury and Soho sites respectively. The new restaurants “will build on the strengths” of their designs, says a Wagamama spokeswoman.

The expansion follows the original shareholders being bought out by Foreign & Colonial Ventures and McCarthy Corp oration – Virgin’s new venture capital business.

Wagamama chief executive Ian Neill has said there is scope for a 20-strong chain.

The next London outlet, a 465m2 space on Wigmore Street, is due to open in July with a 740m2 site in Camden also scheduled. The group is looking at a fifth site in London, and is planning a joint venture in the Republic of Ireland.

UK outlets outside London and franchises in the US and continental Europe are also in the pipeline.

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