Bill’s the Richard Caring-backed restaurant chain, is lining up its first opening in Birmingham.

According to the Birmingham Post, the company is set to open a 5,425sq ft venue in the Bullring next to Selfridges in the unit currently occupied by Mango.

The newspaper said the centre is seeking planning permission for a change of use from retail to restaurant with an external seating area expected to accommodate 56 covers and a further 213 inside the ground floor and on a mezzanine.

Bill’s has continued to strengthen its pipeline both in London and regionally.

The 63-strong group, which will open in Colchester and Taunton next month, is believed to have secured the old Post Office site in Witney’s Market Square and the unit at 107 Muswell Hill for an opening on 3 August.

The brand, which will open in Leeds later this year, recently acquired the Café Sol site in the centre of Greenwich for an opening before the end of the year and will launch in Southampton at the Wetsquay Watermark scheme in 2016.

It is also believed to be in talks on sites in Manchester’s Trafford Centre; Eden Centre, High Wycombe; Staines and Milton Keynes.