Active Partners-backed fried chicken concept Chick ‘n’ Sours is to convert its Islington site to quick-service spin-off concept CHIK’N, MCA’s sister title Big Hospitality reports.

Due to close on 1 March, the restaurant will reopen as CHIK’N in four to six weeks, according to co-founder David Wolanksi.

Wolanski and other co-founder Carl Clarke told Big Hospitality that the Islington site was originally intended to open as CHIK’N when they signed for it in 2018, but they opted to launch it as a Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant instead.

The duo admitted to struggling to get to grips with the CHIK’N concept in its early days, but said they are now ready to roll it out in more locations.

After opening the first CHIK’N restaurant on Baker Street in 2017, a second site launched on Wardour Street in May last year.

Former Pizza Express operations manager Jon Green has since been brought on as managing director to help oversee further expansion plans for the concept.

“Our Plan is to be very measured and considered with CHIK’N, and take it one site at a time,” Green told Big Hospitality.

“This is a great brand with a loyal fanbase that’s growing all the time, and we will be listening to and working with those people to bring CHIK’N to a wider market this year, and the years to come.”

The closure of the Islington site will leave Chick ‘n’ Sours with three London restaurants in Haggerston, Seven Dials and Spitalfields.