Andy Lennox, the founder of the Koh brand and owner of Lion Consultancy, is set to launch a new restaurant venture opening this November.
The first site will be based in Ashley Cross, Dorset, with further locations currently under negotiation.
Mr Lennox is known for his entrepreneurial background in the restaurant trade, founding the Koh Thai restaurant brand almost a decade ago and expanding it to 13 restaurants across the south of England.
He believes it is the perfect time to introduce his next concept to the market.
“I have the keys to the first premises, we have boots on the ground and I’m looking forward to seeing my newest vision take shape,” he said. “I’ve secured a great first site – the perfect blank canvas to breathe life into my new concept.”
He said he plans to open several restaurants across Dorset over the next couple of years.
“I’ve chosen Dorset to launch the concept as it’s my home and I’m very familiar with its vibrant foodie market, I have all of my family here and I think it’s quite appropriate for the brand to be born where I first began 10 years ago. I have great confidence in the new brand and the heights I can take it to.”
Mr Lennox said his new concept would introduce a “spectacular cuisine that offers a unique blend of flavours, brought together by trading links over the centuries”.
“I am confident that Dorset will love the seasonal, fresh produce and its hidden depths, as much as I do. The restaurant industry is about passion, innovation and excitement and that is what drives me to continue to bring new ideas to the market.”
He said the first venue will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, “with three very defined menus and atmospheres”.