An authentic Indian street food chain has taken its restaurant tally up to four with the launch of a site in Birmingham’s Grand Central.
Mowgli, which was founded in 2014 by barrister and food writer, Nisha Katona, is currently operating in two Liverpool venues as well as one in Manchester.
The debut opening for Birmingham marks the brand’s fourth restaurant, ahead of a Leeds opening scheduled for early 2018.
Katona said: “We are excited to grow the brand across the UK, and with its direct connection to the busy station and Bullring, Grand Central has proved to be the perfect location for our most southern site and the next stage in our countrywide expansion.”
The Birmingham launch comes three months after the brand secured a £3.5m investment from the Foresight Group to expand the business.
Claire Alvarez, senior investment manager, Foresight, commented: “The business is illustrative of the continuous innovation and entrepreneurial culture that is prevalent in the North West. The company is full of potential and we look forward to supporting Nisha in realising her vision for Mowgli street food to become the leading voice for Indian Street food across the UK.
“The deal is the first in a series of investments we are looking at in the consumer and leisure sector this year and has added strongly to the portfolio diversity of the Foresight Regional Investment Fund.”
The 128-cover restaurant was designed by Katona and takes inspiration from the broken-down temple behind her ancestral Varanasi home.
Katona, who has written for titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Independent, as well as filmed for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Food Network, founded the chain to serve food that Indians eat in their homes and are served on the street.