Curry Leaf Café, the Brighton based Indian restaurant group, is opening a third site, which will feature a more flexible food offer and a takeaway kitchen, MCA has learnt.

The new restaurant in Upper St James Street will have a limited number of covers and will be called the Kemp Town Kitchen, though will still fall under the Curry Leaf Café brand.

Co-founder Euan Sey also told MCA after establishing the third site in the city the business would look outside Brighton and Hove in 2017.

The original restaurant on Ship Street specialises in South Indian cuisine and craft beer, while a kiosk at Brighton Railway Station sells street food and snacks.

It has had a concession at the Indigo Pub Group’s Temple Bar which it is leaving to concentrate on the new site.

Kemp Town Kitchen will have a wider more flexible range if Indian cuisine, though will remain rooted in South Indian style created by chef and co-owner Kanthi Kiran Thamma.

The kitchen will be more interactive for customers and the restaurant will be in keeping with Kemp Town, which is known for its vibrant gay community.

Curry Leaf will partner with Deliveroo on the delivery side, and is currently running a trial with the company.

Sey said “Curry leaf café will always be informal, that’s integral to what we do - keeping things fun and making sure quality is right up there with Michelin star aspirants in London.

“It will be a bit more dynamic and flexible on the menu which will be refreshed more often.”

On opening outside of Brighton Sey added: “It’s always been our intention to do something outside Brighton, we’re already considering options.

“At the moment we’re just focusing on getting the Brighton offering absolutely nailed.

“It will be in the south east, within 100 miles of here, we wouldn’t want it to be too far away.”

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