The London-based group has signed a franchise partnership with Bowl Life Ltd – a subsidiary of Restaurants Inc, a development vehicle founded by sector investors Krishan Katyal and Dominic Ford.
“We wanted to be in an area alongside some of the best brands and restaurant operators, as we see Shoryu as a market leader, serving exceptional Hakata Tonkotsu ramen and with a very high quality layout,” says Katyal.
“This area of London has a very pleasant and lively atmosphere throughout the day and evening and has become a very popular destination for eating and drinking.”
The 70-seat restaurant is designed by Maja Myall of Blenheim Design and will feature open theater kitchens and mini catering pods for smaller groups.
Bowl Life Ltd plans to open at least three new Shoryu Ramen restaurants over the next few years and has ambitions to look beyond London for future development, capitalizing on “the continued growth and appeal of the cuisine genuine Japanese in the UK market”.
It has been reported back in octoberthat Shoryu Ramen, which operates around 10 locations across the capital in prestigious locations including Covent Garden and Soho, was relaunching plans to open franchise restaurants across the UK and internationally, after previously seeking to launch a franchise program ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The group has partnered with Ford Consultancy Group to expand its franchise rollout in the UK and beyond.
Katyal has partnered with Ford Consultancy Group, which will provide operational and management expertise for the restaurants.
“We are delighted to welcome our first Shoryu franchise partner, Bowl Life Ltd, this year,” said Tak Tokumine, CEO of Shoryu.
“Particularly unique about this opportunity is the opportunity to work in conjunction with Ford Consultancy – industry experts – to help us achieve our vision of bringing our authentic Hakata tonkotsu ramen and famous Japanese hospitality to London and beyond.”
Shoryu also operates Japan Centre, Yokocho Ramen and Ichiba Japanese Food Hall in Westfield Shepherds Bush.