Graham Harris, the former finance director at All Star Lanes, is now working with Polpo in the same role, MCA understands.

Harris had most recently been behind the launch of the United Chip gourmet fish and chips brand with All Star Lanes founder Mark von Westenholz and his brother Nick. The debut site opened on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and Goswell Road in London at the start of the year but was forced to close in the summer because of odour complaints.

Polpo, which currently operates seven sites, parted company with managing director Scott Macdonald earlier this month.

It is thought that co-founder Richard Beatty has taken over Macdonald’s responsibilities in the short-term but the company has declined to comment on whether Macdonald would be permanently replaced.

Macdonald oversaw a consolidation of the estate, including the closure of sites in Bristol, Exeter and its Ape & Bird site in London’s Cambridge Circus, as well as abandoning a planned opening in Oxford Westgate.

It left the brand with six London sites and one regional outlet, in Brighton. Sister concept, Polpo, which Macdonald also oversaw, closed its Cargo 2 site in Bristol, leaving its debut Soho venue. The brand is due to launch at Heathrow’s T3 next month in partnership with TRG Concessions.