Chaophraya, the Thai restaurant group, is to start the rollout of its new street food concept, Thai Pad, early next year in Manchester, M&C Report understands.

The group is also planning to launch the concept, which is aimed at shopping centres, city centres and affluent suburban locations, in Aberdeen next spring before looking at further opportunities for the format.

The company, which secured £2.4m of new funding last year and is led by Martin Stead, is currently in discussions on a number of sites for the new format that is described as being more rustic than its six-strong sister brand, with a “Bangkok street vibe”.

It is thought that its development will end the rollout of the group’s two-strong Chaobaby buffet concept, which may be converted to Thai Pads over time.

Jason Almeida, the group’s commercial director, told M&C Report that the group was keen to take a steady expansion approach with its two main brands, but would like to eventually open sites in London.

He said: “We are excited about the prospects for Thai Pad and looking forward to launching it next year before looking at further opportunities for a roll out. Trading has been very good across the estate, our shopping centre sites took a hit during the better weather but have picked up again recently.”

The group, which opened its first Chaophraya in Leeds in 2004, also operates the Palm Sugar bar and lounge at the Liverpool One development and the adjacent Yee Rah Bar & Grill, its European/Thai fusion restaurant that underwent a refurbishment earlier this year.

It has also opened Palm Sugar bars at its Liverpool and Glasgow Chaophraya sites.