Budding Thai restaurant chain moves up a gear

Rosas Thai Cafe, Angel, London

Rosa’s is opening a new central London site and has announced two new appointments – a property and development consultant and an operations manager – as the brand looks to further strengthen its estate this year and generate further investment.

The six-strong Thai restaurant group started from humble beginnings as a street food stall in Spitalfields’ Sunday UpMarket, founded by British husband and Thai wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore.

The pair have secured a 1,300 sq ft site on Wilton Street, near Victoria Station.

The restaurant is set to open as a pop up Laos café later this year, before the site undergoes extensive renovations in the New Year to become the seventh Rosa’s Thai Café.

The group’s senior management department has been further strengthened with Ed Francis joining the company as operations manager.

He brings nine years of industry experience working across some of London’s best restaurant and bar venues, including six years with Soho House Group.

Stephen Evans takes on the role of property and development consultant after career in commercial property, specialising in acquisition,development and refurbishment for hospitality groups such as Tragus (Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Strada) and Nando’s.

Immediately prior to joining Rosa’s, Stephen was Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s development director, managing a budget of over £15m and serving on both the operations and main board of directors.

Alex Moore revealed that Rosa’s is looking to step up its expansion further next year. He said: “There is a growing appetite in the UK for more adventurous cuisines – with Southeast Asian cuisine, and Thai in particular, set to see the strongest growth in the branded restaurant market segment. The new additions to the team will help us take the business through its next stage of growth which may even involve bringing an experienced industry investor on board to accelerate our rollout.”

Last year, Rosa’s was one of just 30 companies out of 15,000 selected by GrowthAccelerator, the UK based government-backed partnership between leading private sector growth experts, as a HyperGrowth business.

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