Harry Ramsden’s owner splashes cash to become multi-brand restaurant giant

GUISELEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  In this photograph illustration a portion of fish and chips stands outside the original Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop in Guiseley, which is due to close in the next few weeks on December 1, 2011 in Guiseley, England. The world famous fish and chip shop chain is closing the shop founded by Harry Ramsden in Guisley 83 years ago due to economic pressures.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Boparan Restaurant Holdings (BRH), the owner of Harry Ramsdens and Fishworks, has acquired the Cinnamon Collection in a move that signals its desire to become a major multi-site operator.

The acquisition forms part of BRH’s strategy to build a significant, multi-brand restaurant business portfolio and there are ambitious expansion plans to deliver the Cinnamon dining experience throughout the UK and overseas. The Cinnamon Collection consists of London-based restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho.

The existing Cinnamon team, including Vivek Singh, CEO and Executive Chef for the Collection and Commercial Director Tina English, remain in their current roles.

Vivek Singh, CEO and executive chef of the Cinnamon Collection, said: “It’s very much business as usual at our three restaurants and we are looking forward to working with BRH. The acquisition presents Cinnamon with great opportunities for growth and for the team to be involved in an exciting stage of the Collection’s development.”

Ranjit Singh Boparan, CEO private office, added: “We invest in businesses that add value to our restaurant portfolio and Cinnamon Collection represents an appealing proposition for our customers. We believe the business has significant potential for further growth and look forward to working with Vivek and his team to scale the business, particularly as Indian food is one of the UK’s favourite cuisines and is a rollable proposition”

The Cinnamon Collection includes The Cinnamon Club, the modern Indian fine dining restaurant based in the Grade II listed Westminster Library; the more informal City-based Cinnamon Kitchen and the most casual of the Collection’s restaurants, Cinnamon Soho.

The three restaurants will sit alongside BRH’s current restaurant brands – 43-chain Harry Ramsden’s and award-winning Fishworks.

BRH has plans for future acquisitions within the hospitality arena.

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