Busaba Eathai has closed its St Albans restaurants – its only remaining site outside London – taking it down to a 13-strong estate.

The chain only opened the site, on Verulam Road, in 2016. Its closure follows others in Manchester and Liverpool last year as the company focuses its attention on the capital.

“Following the closure, the Busaba management team will be focusing on delivering operational excellence and memorable guest experiences across the remaining 13 modern Bangkok eateries based in London,” said a statement from the company.

The restaurant closed its doors on 29 May with all staff relocated to other Busaba sites.

Steve Phillips joined Busaba Eathai as its new operations director in February this year, as the Phoenix Equity Partners-backed business launched a new look and name - Busaba Bangkok Thai. The first stite to be relaunched was St Christopher’s Place, with also featured a new private dining room, with the new look understood to be rolled out to the rest of its estate.