Expansive street food chain to grow presence

A South African food chain with aspirations to expand its UK presence looks set to provide a steady stream of work for one or more kitchen contractors over the next five years after revealing it plans to open almost 20 stores.

Street food vendor Bunnychow has already found success with a pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch, as well as food van that tours the city streets serving its trademark stews and curries in a hollowed-out loaf.

After securing backing from Shanti Hospitality, which is part of the C&C Alpha Group, in August last year, the company has now set out an aggressive expansion strategy to open fixed-site premises across the capital.

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Chief executive, Atholl Milton, said on Friday that the brand has designs on opening 19 new premises in London by 2019.

The first permanent site has already been secured in Wardour Street in Soho.

Bunnychow believes it can offer an alternative to the likes of Pret and Eat based on a model that involves running outlets no bigger than 2,000 square feet.

Milton said the concept would become known for its “slick brand image, cutting-edge technology and excellent food”.

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