Bayou Bar, the New Orleans street food concept based in Tooting Broadway Market intends to open a further two sites across London by the end of the year, MCA has learnt.
The business, a joint venture between Street Food Union and Slinging Po’ Boys, began trading just before Christmas and officially launches on 12 February.
Menu options include brisket and blackened shrimp Po’Boy sandwiches, £8 burgers, as well wings and fries and alcohol including New Orleans hurricane and daiquiri cocktails.
The 45-cover 400sq site also offers a fried cauliflower with buffalo and blue cheese choice, as well as a vegan bleeding burger and hosts live music and including weekly jazz bands.
“The model is something we can take forward,” Nick Willoughby who co- owns the business with fellow Street Food Union co- director Philip Crouch said.
“We would love to open up a further two small market based outlets in London, then look to move into bigger sites.”
He added he was “really interested” in opportunities outside of London too, and cited Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester as locations with a “huge appetite for the things we’re doing”.
Street Food Union operations manager Joe Prudames and business development manager Joseph Coulter, are also involved with Bayou Bar, which employs six members of staff.
The Tooting-based site operates a cashless system, which Willoughby believes has saved the business ‘potentially £400 a week’ and results in a closing down procedure which takes just 15 minutes.