The Big Table, which was recently formed to acquire and operate the Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas restaurant brands, has appointed Mike Tye as non-executive chairman.

Tye will work closely with Epiris, the private equity firm which made the acquisition in August, and a senior management team led by CEO James Spragg and CFO Adrian Walker.

With more than 30 years’ board and leadership experience in the UK restaurant and eating-out market, Tye is currently chairman of Moto Hospitality.

He is former CEO of Spirit Group and recently stepped down as a non-executive director of The Restaurant Group PLC.

Additionally, he has led Costa Coffee, David Lloyd Leisure and Premier Travel Inn, and also sits on the Council of UKHospitality.

Epiris Managing Partner Alex Fortescue said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mike. There are very few individuals in the UK leisure and hospitality market with Mike’s accomplishments, standing and experience, and we are confident he will be a tremendous asset to James and the team at The Big Table.”

Tye added: “With a talented management team in place and supportive, experienced investors, The Big Table represents an exceptional opportunity to build a first-class UK restaurant business. These are challenging times, but this is a strong business with brands that are popular with customers, and it is well placed to overcome the current uncertainty and deliver growth over the years ahead.”