Wagaboo, the casual dining chain based in Spain, is looking to expand internationally, with London as one of its main targets. The seven-strong restaurant group was founded two years ago by the Dominguez family, who set up The Wok chain in December 2003 before selling it in 2005 to Grupo VIPS, the Spanish multiple operator and joint venture partner of Starbucks in Spain and France. The company, which currently has seven outlets in Spain, is looking for 350sq m sites suitable for a 100-cover restaurant in the centre of London, with plans to open the first UK eatery this year. It is also looking for sites in other large markets, including New York and San Francisco. The Mediterranean and Asian concept, which is described as “fun eating”, revolves around pasta, with restaurants featuring open kitchens where Italian and Chinese experts make noodles in front of the customers. The average spend per head is around £30.