Granada, parent company of Little Chef, denies that the motorway restaurant chain is to roll out an interiors concept developed by Hosker Moore & Kent.
The format was initially developed for Forte, the previous owner of the 400-strong chain, and trialed at the Reading branch of Little Chef.
Julie Barker, responsible for new-product development at Granada, confirms “a very few sites were trialed with a concept by Hosker Moore & Kent”.
Staff at Hosker Moore & Kent say they have spotted a number of Little Chefs using what appears to be their consultancy’s design while travelling around the country.
But Barker says the Reading branch of Little Chef has been changed since its opening, in order to iron out any “impracticalities” in the design, and that neither it, nor any other new formats, are being considered for roll out at present.
She denies the company is talking to any other design groups about new formats. But she says it is evaluating all aspects of the running of the Little Chef operation before making any further modifications.