James Parsons, the ex-chief operating officer of Tragus, which formerly operated the Café Rouge, Strada and Bella Italia brands, has joined the board of Tootoomoo, the London-based, pan-Asian restaurant concept, MCA has learnt.

Parsons left Tragus in August 2012 after nearly 10 years with the company. He was previously managing director of PizzaExpress.

Over the last five years he has been working as a management consultant across the F&B and retail sectors.

Founded by Philip McGuinness, Tootoomoo currently operates four “pan-Asian tapas” restaurants in Islington, Crouch End, Highgate and Whetstone.

Last year, McGuinness said that pubs would be a main focus going forward for the group.

He said: “I would be very interested in a large pub chain which has struggling pubs where we could develop a joint venture to roll Tootoomoo into their premises, either on a lease basis or joint venture. This will be our main focus for expansion – I think the pub estate has great potential as we plan to go regional and outside of London.”