London Union, the street food market concept from Jonathan Downey and Henry Dimbleby, is set to make its regional debut later this year, MCA has learnt.
Downey told MCA the pair were looking at four or five major projects, which include London, regional and international sites, and a more classic food hall concept.
He said he thought a Dinerama or Hawker House type concept would “kill it” it in his hometown of Manchester, while Edinburgh and Bristol are also under consideration.
Downey said he expected to open a site in America in the next few years, while reiterating the raison d’etre of London Union – to be the best street food market in the world, and to open a flagship site at Smithfield Market.
Downey said: “We definitely want to do the classic food hall. We have four or five projects on the go which are six or seven day a week food hall projects, in London, the regions and the US.
“These are projects that are moving forward.
“We love Manchester - if we can open Dinerama or Hawker House there we would kill it– though it depends if we can get the right site.
“We’re looking at Edinburgh, and we like Bristol good food scene.
“Our first outside London will be by the end of this year.”
Downey said London Union would stay ahead of the curve as food halls begin to gain traction in the UK.
He added: “We set up London Union to create the nest food market in the world, that’s our raison d’etre
“With our shareholder base, contacts and experience, we can do it better than anyone. There will be a real power to us doing that for London reputation’s as a food city around the world.”