Samurai Sushi, the London-based Japanese takeaway operator, is back in the hands of administrators after Chozen Venues, the group led by Mongolian Barbeque founder John Dodds, failed to agree terms with landlords to continue to operate the four-strong chain, M&C Report understands. Chozen Venues had been running the four A1 sites under license since from the administrators the start of July pending the formal assignment of the leases from the respective landlords. It is thought that Chosen Venues had been looking into keeping the Samurai Sushi brand and rolling out 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 year. 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. Chozen currently operates eight further sites under a number of brands including Wrapid, Italian Kitchen and Chozen Noodle, plus the Tavern Gastro Pub. It is thought to have recently picked up a further site near London Bridge. Of its eight sites, six are located at the ExCel exhibition centre, with further sites in Swindon’s McArthurGlen centre and in Bluewater, Kent.

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