Chozen Venues, the group led by Mongolian Barbeque founder John Dodds, has taken over the running of four Samurai Sushi sites in central London, after the Japanese takeaway operator had fallen into administration, M&C Report has learnt. The company is currently running the four A1 sites under license from the administrators pending the formal assignment of the leases from the respective landlords. It is thought that once this happens, Chosen Venues will keep the Samurai Sushi brand and look to rollout the concept to other locations in the capital. The privately-owned Samurai Sushi, which offers a range of Japanese dishes to takeaway, was placed into administration earlier this week. It is thought that spiralling costs relating to its central kitchen and head office were the cause of its collapse, with the majority of the sites believed to have been trading well. The central kitchen and the group’s remaining site in New Row are believed to be still in the hands of the administrators. Property advisor Selsian is believed to have advised Chosen Venues on the deal. Chozen currently operates eight further sites under a number of brands including Wrapid, Italian Kitchen and Chozen Noodle, plus the Tavern Gastro Pub. Of its eight sites, six are located at the ExCel exhibition centre, with further sites in Swindon’s McArthurGlen centre and in Bluewater, Kent. Earlier this year, the group secured its first site at Bluewater, which it launched under its new Pizza Kitchen format. The company took the lease on the former Villa Pizza unit in the centre’s Wintergarden. The 800sq ft site serves freshly made food, including pizza, pasta, deli sandwiches and salads. Pizza Kitchen is a slight twist on the group’s existing format Italian Kitchen.