Ceru, the London-based Levantine street food concept, is opening a pop-up restaurant at Bank Station and is preparing to open its first Australian site in Sydney.

Barry Hilton, who founded the company, told M&C the pop-up at 135 Cannon Street will run from 30 September until the end of January when the building is being destroyed to create a new entrance for Bank underground station.

Hilton said he is continuing to look for a suitable permanent site for the restaurant in central London and hopes to be able to open a restaurant coinciding with the closure of the Cannon Street pop-up.

Ceru will occupy 1750sq ft over two storeys serving breakfasts from 7am until 10pm Monday to Friday.

Meanwhile, executive chef Tom Kime is preparing to open the first antipodean outpost for Ceru, in Sydney. Kime will open a 100-cover site with a bar in the city to replicate the format of the London restaurants.

Ceru has just ended a pop-up at London Riviera on the South Bank that ran from the beginning of June. Hilton said trade at the pop-up next to Tower Bridge was strongly affected by the weather.

Hilton has been involved in developing a number of businesses in the restaurant sector, including Zuma, Spice Inns, Black & Blue Group and YaIla YaIla. Stephen Gee, co-founder of Carluccio’s and Chairman of Gaucho and Iberica is chairman for the group which is raising funds through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).